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Figure Skating – 1987 – European Championship Ice Dancing – USSR Natalia Bestemianova + Andrei Bukin

CBS Tim Ryan provides a wonderful look at the history of ice dancing in figure skating competition…..with a wonderful stop along the way to remember GBR Jayne Torvil + Christopher Dean…..as he comments on how this outstanding team of Brits were able to break the “death hold” that the ice dancers from the Soviet Union held on the rest of the world starting with Ludmira + Oleg Protopopov and running for nearly the next 40 years to Natalia Bestemianova + Andrei Butkin….and except for the interruption of GBR Jayne Torvill + Christopher Dean….along with CAN Tessa Virtue + Scott Moir….who were the only ice dancers to wrangle the top spot on the medals podium away from the Russians….which makes this video an absolute “golden nugget” in our treasure chest of vintage memories here at ImaSportsphile. 

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