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Ice-skating: Dean announces engagement

CHRISTOPHER DEAN yesterday announced his engagement to Jill Trenary, the American world figure skating champion of 1990. The couple (pictured above), who had originally decided to get engaged in January, plan to wed in October in Minneapolis, Trenary's home city.

'He went down on one knee in the Amphitheatre building soon after the competition was over,' Trenary said yesterday. 'I said, 'What do you think you are doing?' But it was kind of cute.'

Dean, whose divorce from the French-Canadian skater Isabelle Duchesnay came through last December, was on tour with Trenary last June. 'In literally three weeks we fell head over heels in love,' Trenary said. 'It was very quick and it hasn't lessened.'

Jayne Torvill laughed off the idea that she might be a bridesmaid yesterday. 'Too old,' she said.

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