Dancing On Ice Olympic Special: Jayne Torvil says she is fitter now than when she won gold in 84 Olympics!
The Olympic cham, who is due to take part in tomorrow night’s celebratory ice skating extravaganza, Dancing On Ice Goes Gold, has said: “I would still be able to get into the Bolero outfit.”
“Last year we went to the museum where my original dress is and they got it out and put it up against me. It definitely would fit. I think I am slightly slimmer now than I was back then!”
She added: “I also think I am at one of the best fitness levels I have ever been in many, many years.
“At the Olympics, I was obviously very fit but we’d only perform one routine per day. Now, especially when we are on tour, I can perform several routines a night.
“Also I do training alongside the ice-skating at the gym now.
“I use the gym a lot and I use it in the summer months too. I have a personal trainer who I see three times a week. I have really found the benefits of using a trainer as I feel it is important to keep an overall fitness level for your whole body.
“I do it for myself. It’s hard work but I think it is worth it.”
One of the secrets to Torvil’s fitness is a strict eating regime which consists of pasta for lunch, protein in the evening and lots of fruit between, with one daily treat thrown in for good measures, a glass of wine!
She said: “Tea starts the day and a glass of wine finishes it!”
Speaking of the upcoming Olympic Games, of which both herself and Christopher Dean will be playing a part of as ambassadors of the London 2012 games, Torvil expressed her excitement, but insisted that they were not getting any special treatment, and had to buy tickets to the sporting events they wished to see live, just like everyone else!
She said: “I am so excited about the Olympics now, They are very special and you can now really feel the buzz across the whole country.
“Having been lucky enough to win a medal, I know Chris and I are part of a special group of gold medallists and for the first four or five days we are going to be at the stadium for corporate hospitality events.
“But like everyone else, I had to apply for tickets. I’ve managed to get tickets for the tennis and football finals as well as the boxing one.
“I don’t envy the sportsmen now as we approach the Games.
“It’s an enormous pressure and you have to remain so focused. Training for the Olympics does take over your life.”
Speaking about tomorrow nights Dancing On Ice special, which includes performances from head judge, Robin Cousins, and other Olypic medalists including Tessa Sanderson, Colin Jackson and Olga Korbut, Torvil described how each competitor have way surpassed their expectations, explaining:: “We were both so impressed and they made great progress in such a short space of time.
“They only had about ten weeks to learn a routine, which is not long at all, but they did so well.”
She added: “If you compared the standard of the Olympians with celebrities starting out on the first show, then they were all amazing. Being ex-Olympians, they were all very driven.”
She admitted feeling nervous about her own performance on the special.
And she said she was bowled over by the solo routine judge Robin Cousins performs on the one-off — his first routine in front of an audience for 12 years.
Jayne said: “That was a moment in history. He was fantastic.
“For our performance, we did have an Olympic feel to it and it actually felt like a cardio workout as it was so fast!”
“I hope viewers will be impressed by Dancing On Ice Goes Gold.
“It does make us want to do more specials as for Chris and I it was really rewarding.
“This summer is going to be so exciting and so special. I can’t wait.”
As for whether she would ever like to put on her skates and perform in the Olympics again, Jayne laughed: “We are still training but I don’t think we would qualify. There is an age limit…”
Watch Torvil and Dean’s Gold winning performance of Bolero in the clip below:
Dancing On Ice Goes Gold can be seen on ITV1 tomorrow at 8pm.