Olympians of all ages ran in the event all wearing the Olympic kit in the games which they competed in, keen to spur on budding athletes to strive for their personal best in their sports.“To be part of this event and putting our Olympic kit on again was a proud moment and we were so happy to encourage young people to strive to be the best they can be no matter their age or situation.”Stacey, herself, decided she wanted to make it to the Olympics at the tender age of six after she saw the games for the first time.The former Leyland St Mary’s Technology College student, who also attended St Catherine’s RC Primary School, in Farrington, fell in love with figure skating when she watched the great Ukrainian solo skater Oksana Baiul win gold at the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.“I saw her in her little pink dress and I have just dreamt of being that little girl,” says Stacey.It was there that their stars aligned and in 2003 they were paired together and sent on their adventures first to train in Poland and then to the USA.And while their partnership developed on ice, romance blossomed away from the ice rink.“I look for someone who I enjoy spending time with,” he says. RELATED: How Do Ice Dancing and Figure Skating Differ?“Apart from physical attraction, I think companionship is important if you want it to last."Felicia Zhang, 20, and Nathan Bartholomay, 24, have also only been skating together a little more than two years, but you'd never know it from their sexy synergy on the ice. Three-time Canadian bronze medalists Paige Lawrence, 23, and Rudi Swiegers, 26, have been skating together since 2005.In their second year as ice dancing partners, Madison Chock, 21, and Evan Bates, 24, took home the 2013 U. Championships silver medal and claimed the bronze medal at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.
He went down on one knee and Kemp, as she had done thousands of times in their routines, sat on it without thinking. She, of course, accepted the silver ring which Kemp, a qualified jeweller, had designed and prepared with his father, who runs a shop near Wigton in Cumbria.
“And at Sochi David let me wear the little pink dress.“My dream when I first started skating was to go to the Olympics.
To actually live your dream is incredible.”But it was not a sprinkle of fairy dust and a wave of a wand that built the duo up to perform at Olympic standard.
We are talking rings and romance here, not medals and glory, but that should not detract from what the figure skating pair hope to achieve here next week.
Consistent top-20 finishers at world championships, Kemp and King believe they could shock some of the more fancied pairs at the Games because of their special relationship on and off the ice.