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Gordon Farquhar | 18:39 UK time, Thursday, 9 December 2010

It is still a remarkable statistic that more of us tuned in to watch Jayne Torville and Christopher Dean's Winter Olympic bronze medal comeback performance in 1994 (23.95m), than saw David Beckham get sent off in St Etienne four years later at the World Cup in France when England crashed out on penalties to Argentina (23.78m).

The British public's love affair with ice dance began with John Curry, was nurtured by Robin Cousins, and peaked with Torville and Dean.

It has been on the slide (ahem) ever since and, to be honest, it is now properly on the skids. Ice dance will no longer receive any funding.

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