Dancing On Ice judges Torvill and Dean reveal arthritis and back problems after 45 years in the rink

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DANCING On Ice judges Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have revealed the toll ice skating has taken on their bodies.

The double act have been skating together for 45 years and the Olympic champions are starting to suffer from a number of ailments.

 Torvill and Dean have revealed the toll ice skating has taken on their bodiesFame Flynet Torvill and Dean have revealed the toll ice skating has taken on their bodies

The pair are currently in preparations for the Dancing On Ice tour and revealed that this week marked the first time they've skated together since the ITV show went on hiatus four years ago.

However, their bodies aren't quite as limber as they were back in 1984 when they won the Olympic gold for their Bolero routine.

Chris told The Mirror: "The knees don’t bend quite as deeply as they used to. I think I have arthritis in my knees. I just manage it.

“I can still skate, paracetamol helps. I’m pretty reckless – I’ll deal with it later."

 The pair won the Olympic gold back in 1984 for their Bolero routinePA:Press Association The pair won the Olympic gold back in 1984 for their Bolero routine  They are now judges rather than mentors on Dancing On IceRex Features They are now judges rather than mentors on Dancing On Ice

Jayne added: “We kind of joke about it but at the same time we want to do the best we can. There’s a lot of eye-rolling.

“My back does not arch as much, that’s the place that starts to hurt first with me.

“I don’t think I have arthritis yet but we have skated well into our 50s, which is unusual for any athlete.”

Despite not skating for four years, the pair are very close and talk all the time.

 The pair insist they were never together romantically and only briefly snogged as teenagersGetty – Contributor The pair insist they were never together romantically and only briefly snogged as teenagers

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  • Dancing On Ice 2018
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  • Jayne Torvill

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