Ice Dancing was included at the Winter Olympics for the first time in 1976. This is a list of some famous ice dancers in Olympic figure skating history.
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Jim Sladky and Judy Schwomeyer, an outstanding American ice dance team, demonstrated ice dancing at the Grenoble Olympics in 1968. That demonstration resulted in ice dancing becoming an Olympic event.
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Colleen O'Connor and Jim Millns won a silver medal at the 1975 World Figure Skating Championships. Before 2006, they were the only ice dance team in U.S. history to have won a medal at the Olympic Games in figure skating.
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At the 1984 Winter Olympics, Judy Blumberg and Michael Seibert were expected to win an Olympic medal, but finished 4th.
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In 1984, British ice dancers, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, won the Olympics. They performed a free dance program to Ravel's Bolero and received nine perfect 6.0 scores. Ice dancing changed after Torvill and Dean's win. Free dance became more creative and many figure skaters decided to give ice dancing a try.
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Canadian ice dancers, Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz, were the first North Americans to win a World Championship in ice dancing.
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Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon won the Canadian national ice dancing title in 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. They were known for dramatic and elegant lifts. Dubreuil and Lauzon were forced to withdraw at the 2006 Olympics. During the original dance portion of the event, they had an accident during one of the lifts. Marie-France's hip was hurt after the fall and they were not able to compete in the free dance portion of the event.
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It has been said that Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto are the most outstanding ice dance team in United States history.
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On February 22, 2010, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir became Canada's and North America's first-ever Olympic Ice Dance Champions.