Dancing On Ice’s Graham Bell opens up about being arrested at 1984 Olympics

Dancing on Ice star Graham Bell has revealed that he got arrested at the same Olympics that saw Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean take home gold medals.

The 55-year-old Ski Sunday presenter represented Great Britain at five Winter Olympics over his career, including Sarajevo back in 1984.

While Graham admits that he didn't ski particularly well in the event, Dancing on Ice legends Torvill and Dean earned across-the-board perfect scores for artistic impression in the free dance segment of the ice dance competition.

The pair won gold and became the highest scoring figure skaters of all time for a single programme.

As Torvill and Dean made history, Graham found himself on the wrong side of the law.

Speaking about his previous meeting with the famous ice-skating duo, the professional skier revealed: "I met them in 84! It was my first Olympics. I was 18 and I raced the men’s downhill, didn’t ski particularly well but I had a great time.

"I got arrested stealing an Olympic flag. Best party of my life! I had never been to Sarajevo before either and I had a great time."

Graham and his American professional ice skater Yebin Mok will take to the ice in front of the nation for the first time on Sunday night.

Opening up about his biggest fear ahead of his debut, he explained: "My biggest fear is dancing in front of millions of people.

"Ice doesn’t scare me but dancing, proper dancing. Not just the kind that’s drunk on a table wearing ski boots – that’s not dancing.

"I’m not a professional performer and I’m certainly not a dancer. I can do a bit of skating, I have skated before but that’s only a third of it."

Graham also admitted that he's ready to embrace the sequins and the glamour of the show.

He said: "Yes. I definitely want to have really loud costumes and everything like that.

"The louder you make yourself look the more it gives you something to hide behind."

Torvill and Dean will be back on the ice panel again this series alongside Diversity star Ashley Banjo and star of stage and screen John Barrowman.

Taking about getting feedback from the judges, Graham said: "Feedback is a gift. It’s whether you can take it or not that’s the key.

"I like feedback, it’s really important. I’ve never been involved in a judged sport.

"In fact, a lot of sports that I’ve got into after ski racing have been against the clock. The clock never lies but this is a different thing. It’s a different beast."

Dancing on Ice returns to ITV on Sunday at 6pm

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