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 as they watched the closing ceremony at the 2010 Vancouver Games, where they finished 16th, from the balcony of their flat that King proposed to Kemp.
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.
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.