SOCHI, Russia — Each ice dance and pairs figure skating team at the Olympics will have no more than seven minutes of ice time, if they are lucky, to prove to a panel of judges and the world that they are a single unit, a duo that can twizzle, trot and leap harmoniously as one. But year-round and off the ice, several teams have embarked on campaigns to project an image of unity. The result is a bounty of photographs, some shot and posed professionally, and a fire hose of social media images of the pairs palling around in a couple-y manner as extensions of the on-ice personas they hope will lead them to the podium. While some Olympic figure skating and ice dance couples are romantically involved, most are not. Some are friends.
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Stars have fallen for one another backstage on many occasions, and even found love with stars coupled with other dancers. Celebrities and skaters have enjoyed everything from short lived flings to happy marriages after leaving the competition, with some still together years after appearing on the programme. But how many couples have met on the show? These are the stars that have fallen for each other on the programme down the years. The dancer fell for Hollyoaks actress Jennifer Metcalfe after pairing with her for the competition. The pair were together for two years, before Sylvian ended their relationship on Christmas Day.
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Figure skating is arguably one of the most enigmatic and difficult sports to follow in the Winter Olympics. To make matters harder for us laypeople, there are actually two different types of coupled skating events: Figure skating and ice dancing. If it all looks like a bunch of fancy spins done on ice, you're not alone.
Now, there are new rumblings of discontent. February 19, The first hints of a figure skating controversy emerged Tuesday, when Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir said that they at times felt like their coach was giving more attention to another pair she coaches, Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White.