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Betty Callaway - Olympic and World Figure Skating and Ice Dance Coach

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Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean Training With Their Coach Betty Callaway In 1983

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean Training With Their Coach Betty Callaway In 1983

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Coach of Olympic Ice Dancing Legends:

Betty Callaway is the figure skating coach that guided Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean to Olympic ice dance gold. The legendary Bolero free dance done by Torvill and Dean at the 1984 Winter Olympics is considered one of the greatest moments in ice skating history.

Date of Birth:

Betty Daphne Roberts (later Betty Callaway) was born on March 22, 1928.

Childhood and Teen Years:

Elizabeth and William Roberts raised in their daughter, Betty, in London. She began skating at the Queens Ice Club in Bayswater. When she was sixteen years old, Betty left home and joined the chorus of the Blackpool Ice Show.

Early Coaching:

Betty and Roy Callaway were married in 1949. The couple coached in Richmond shortly after leaving the show.

Taught Royalty to Skate:

Betty Callaway had the honor of teaching Prince Charles and Princess Anne skating during her years in Richmond.

Notable Coaching Achievments:

In 1968, Callaway became the national figure skating coach for Germany. Her students, Erich and Angelika Buck, won the European ice dance title in 1972.

She also coached Hungarian ice dancers Kristina Regoeczy and Andras Sallay who won the silver medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid and the 1980 World ice dance title. Callaway began coaching Torvill and Dean around that time.

Other Life Notes:

Betty and Roy Callaway divorced in 1975. In 1978, she married William Fittall who died 1988 in a tragic house fire. Betty Callaway died on June 27, 2011 in Beaconsville, Buckinghamshire, England.

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