Shae-Lynn Bourne, MSC (born January 24, 1976) is a Canadian ice dancer and choreographer. In 2003,
Bourne was born on January 24, 1976, in Chatham, Ontario. She has an older brother, Chris, a younger sister,
Partnership with Kraatz
Interested in switching to ice dancing, Bourne traveled to Boucherville, Quebec in 1991 after a coach, Paul Wirtz, suggested that she try out with Victor Kraatz. Although at first Kraatz did not see himself with Bourne, they skated together for a week and a week after she returned to Ontario he asked to form a partnership.
During their career, Bourne/Kraatz were coached at various times by Tatiana Tarasova, Natalia Dubova, Uschi Keszler, Marina Klimova and Sergei Ponomarenko, and Nikolai Morozov. For the 1997–98 season, their free dance was modeled after Riverdance, with footwork instruction provided by Riverdance lead dancer Colin Dunne. Bourne/Kraatz became known for their deep edges and soft knees. They were credited with perfecting and popularizing the hydroblading technique.
Bourne/Kraatz missed the 2000 Four Continents and 2000 World Championships due to Bourne's knee surgery. In spring 2000, they changed coaches, moving to Tatiana Tarasova and Nikolai Morozov in Newington, Connecticut.
Bourne/Kraatz withdrew from their 2002 Grand Prix events due to Bourne's injury. They won their tenth Canadian national title and their third Four Continents title. Bourne/Kraatz went on to become the first World champions in ice dancing from North America, winning gold at the 2003 World Championships in Washington, D.C. They retired from competition at the end of the season.
On October 21, 2003, they announced the end of their partnership; while Bourne enjoyed show skating, Kraatz said he wanted "to experiment with other things and follow up on other dreams that I have". In January 2007, they were inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame.
Bourne has skated solo in shows and tours around the world, such as Stars On Ice, Champions on Ice in North America and Japan, Art On Ice in Switzerland, the 2009 Ice All Stars and the 2010 Festa On Ice, held in Seoul, South Korea. She has also competed on figure skating reality shows like Battle of the Blades (paired with former NHL star player Claude Lemieux, finished second overall) on CBC and Thin Ice on ABC (paired with American pair skater John Zimmerman, finished 2nd overall).
Coach and choreographer
Bourne formerly coached Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje, and Cathy Reed / Chris Reed. She has choreographed programs for:
- Jeremy Abbott
- Kate Charbonneau
- Alaine Chartrand
- Vaughn Chipeur
- Michaela Du Toit
- Yuzuru Hanyu
- Wakaba Higuchi
- Rika Hongo
- Kiira Korpi
- Annabelle Langlois / Cody Hay
- Nicolas Nadeau
- Yuka Nagai
- Alexandra Najarro
- Pang Qing / Tong Jian
- Elena Radionova
- Kevin Reynolds
- Joannie Rochette
- Andrei Rogozine
- Julianne Séguin / Charlie Bilodeau
- Akiko Suzuki
- Daisuke Takahashi
- Ashley Wagner
- Yun Yea-ji
- Nathan Chen
- Shizuka Arakawa: Bourne has choreographed for Arakawa's show Friends on Ice in 2009.
- Kurt Browning
- Sasha Cohen
- Ekaterina Gordeeva
Bourne has used her celebrity to speak out against child abuse. She and Kraatz skated in numerous charity shows such as "Dreams On Ice". Bourne was the honorary chairperson for the "Every Life Counts" campaign for Chatham-Kent. Bourne and Kraatz received the Canadian Governor General's Meritorious Service Crosses for speaking out about unfair judging practices.
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GP: Part of Champions Series from 1995–96 season, renamed Grand Prix series in 1998–99
|GP Cup of Russia||2nd|
|GP NHK Trophy||2nd||2nd|
|GP Skate America||3rd|
|GP Skate Canada||6th||3rd||1st||1st||1st||1st||1st||1st|
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