Skating Legend Dean Gives Scots Pair an Olympic Edge; Brother and Sister Tipped for Games Glory after Studying with Their Idol
Byline: STUART NICOLSON
WHEN ice dance champions John and Sinead Kerr approached one of their idols to help them achieve their Olympic dream, they expected a frosty reception.
But now the Scottish brother-and- sister pair have been tipped for glory after enlisting the aid of skating legend Christopher Dean.
The four-times world champion has always refused to coach British skaters on the grounds that none of them were good enough.
But he was so impressed by John and Sinead he invited them to his home in Colorado for two weeks of intensive coaching.
He also helped them create a routine featuring Celtic music, tartan costumes and moves based on traditional Highland dances.
Dean and skating partner Jayne Torvill thrilled millions with their haunting Bolero routine when they struck gold at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.
Now the Kerrs hope they could be on the way to a medal at next year's event in Turin, Italy.
Yesterday, John, 23, and Sinead, 24, from Livingston, West Lothian, said they were confident Dean's creative genius would give them the edge in February's competition. …