Christopher Dean: Ice skating has probably given me arthritis
His comments came as Torvill and Dean skated together for the first time in four years.
Ice skater Christopher Dean suspects he has arthritis thanks to years on the rink.
Dean, 59, and Jayne Torvill, 60, scooped their first trophy together in 1976 and won Olympic gold with their Bolero routine in 1984.
Have seen this picture in a long time. 😀 pic.twitter.com/hmwxBRAFTE— Jayne and Chris (@torvillanddean) January 13, 2018
Dean told the Daily Mirror: “The knees don’t bend quite as deeply as they used to. I think I have arthritis in my knees. I just manage it.
“I can still skate, paracetamol helps.
“I’m pretty reckless – I’ll deal with it later.”
The comments came as the pair, who have been on the rink individually, skated together for the first time in four years, for the Dancing On Ice tour.
⛸️⛸️ They've still got it! @torvillanddean started preparing for the @DOI_Tour this week, dancing on the ice together for the first time in FOUR years! Don't they look fab!? 😍 #DancingOnIce #DancingOnIceTour #DOITour pic.twitter.com/nRYNVLHbGv— Dancing On Ice Tour (@DOI_Tour) January 13, 2018
Fellow Dancing On Ice judge Torvill added: “My back does not arch as much, that’s the place that starts to hurt first with me.
“I don’t think I have arthritis yet but we have skated well into our 50s, which is unusual for any athlete.”