Date of Birth: 24/01/76
Place of Birth: Chatham, ON
Residence: Newington, CT
Weight: 114 lbs
Years on National Team: 11
Shae-Lynn Bourne and her ice dance partner Victor Kraatz
took what they called a step backwards last season in order to move ahead and be
ready for the 2002 Olympic Games. The previous year they missed the world championships after Bourne underwent knee surgery.
The creative couple hired a new coach last year, (Russian Tatiana Tarasova) and moved to Newington, Conn. They feel they've rediscovered
some excitement in their skating.
"It's a step in the right direction because we didn't compete the previous season (at worlds)," said Bourne after their fourth place finish at the
worlds in Vancouver last March. "We had to get back into the game again."
It's hardly surprising that the eight-time national champions are trying somewhat to re-invent themselves. They have been bronze medallists four
times at the world championships and at the last Olympics they were fourth.
Their love of the sport keeps them churning out new and innovative ideas which makes them among the most popular figure skating acts in the
Bourne started figure skating at age seven after watching her brother play hockey. She started ice dancing at age 15 and joined Kraatz in
1991. They were 10th at their first Olympics in 1994 and a few weeks later jumped to sixth at the world championships.
What Canada Did
: Shae-Lynn Bourne, Chatham, Ont., and Victor Krantz, Vancouver, finished fourth after free dance in a final field of 24
: Shae-Lynn Bourne, Chatham, Ont., and Victor Krantz, Vancouver, were fourth after original dance in a field of 24
: Shae-Lynn Bourne, Chatham, Ont., and Victor Krantz, Vancouver, were fourth of 24 couples after two compulsory dances
Shae-Lynn Bourne Pictures
Bourne and Kraatz lay on the ice after falling
Bourne and Kraatz react in the kiss and cry area
Bourne kisses her partner Kraatz
Kraatz drops his partner in the closing seconds
Kraatz loses his grip on on Bourne
Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz compete
Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz perform
Bourne and Kraatz skate to 4th place ordinals
Bourne and Kraatz smile as they skate
Bourne and Kraatz kick out a leg
Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz practice
More Shae-Lynn Bourne Stories
Bourne, Kraatz not worrying about judging at Olympics
Bourne, Kraatz wow judges, grab gold
Grand finale for Bourne, Kraatz
Judges finally fair to Kraatz, Bourne
Italians looking up at Bourne, Kraatz
Kraatz and Bourne have golden dreams
2002 Games Figure Skating Coverage