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Get active in Notts on the ice

MEDIA RELEASE: Nottingham, 28 January 2014

With the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics fast approaching, taking place from 7 – 23 February 2014, why not get on your skates and experience Nottingham on ice?

Nottingham has a long tradition of ice skating stretching back many years. Here is a Nottingham skating fact file which is bound to get you in the skating mood.

Nottingham’s Torvill and Dean

The county’s biggest skating accolade was achieved 30 years ago this year when Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean became world famous at the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics. The pair was announced as gold medal winners for their perfect performance of the Bolero. They were the highest scoring figure skaters of all time by receiving 12 perfect 6.0s from every judge! Their triumphs have inspired a whole new generation of youngsters into taking up ice sports.

To mark the anniversary of their celebrated victory, in February the ice legends will return to Sarajevo and perform their Bolero routine in the same stadium.

After announcing in 2013 that the pair will hang up their skates and say goodbye to their ITV show, Dancing on Ice, they will skate for one last time on the Dancing on Ice UK Tour. They will glide into Nottingham on 8 – 10 April 2014 and will be joined by a host of skaters from the show. Visit the Capital FM Arena’s website for further information.

Nottingham’s Skating Facilities

The first arena rink was opened at The National Ice Centre on 1 April 2000 by Nottingham skating sensation, Jayne Torvill. In the following year an additional Olympic Rink was opened. This made the National Ice Centre the first twin Olympic-sized (60m x 30m) ice rink facility in the UK!

The National Ice Centre now provides top class facilities and coaching staff for a whole range of ice sports. It is even the base to the Great Britain Short Track Speed Skating squad.

Nottingham’s Sport Stars

The Great Britain Short Track Speed Skating team are based in Nottingham and are some of Britain’s brightest medal hopes for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Today, 28 January, they will leave their training base and begin their journey to Russia. Among the squad is the British number one Short Track Speed Skater, Elise Christie, the former world record holding men’s relay team featuring two-time Olympian Jon Eley, World Cup medallists Paul Stanley and Richard Shoebridge, and Nottingham born European gold medallist, Jack Whelbourne.

The city’s Hockey team, Nottingham Panthers, also train at the National Ice Centre and use the venue for their home games. They are the oldest ice hockey team in the country! The louder you roar the bigger the score!

*Photo credit: Elise Christie skating image, credit David Tyrrell

Posted on 28 January 2014

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