Shae-Lynn Bourne



Shae-Lynn Bourne, MSC (born January 24, 1976) is a Canadian ice dancer and choreographer. In 2003,
she and partner Victor Kraatz became the first North American ice dancers to win a World Championship.
They competed at three Winter Olympic Games, placing 10th at the 1994 Winter Olympics, 4th at the 1998
Winter Olympics, and 4th at the 2002 Winter Olympics.


  • 1 Personal life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 Partnership with Kraatz
    • 2.2 Ice shows
    • 2.3 Coach and choreographer
  • 3 Advocacy
  • 4 Programs
  • 5 Results
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Personal life

Bourne was born on January 24, 1976, in Chatham, Ontario.[1] She has an older brother, Chris, a younger sister,
Calea and younger brother Sean.[2] She married her skating coach Nikolai Morozov on August 12, 2005,[3]
but the marriage was short-lived, and they divorced in July 2007.[4][5] She is currently married to Bohdan Turok with
whom she has a son, Kai, born in June 2012,[6][7] and working as a coach at the Granite Club in Toronto.[8]


Shae-Lynn Bourne
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Shae-Lynn Bourne with Victor Kraatz.
Personal information
Country represented Canada
Born (1976-01-24) January 24, 1976 (age 43)
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
Residence Toronto / South Carolina
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Former partner Victor Kraatz
Andrew Bertleff (Pairs)
Former coach Nikolai Morozov
Uschi Keszler
Natalia Dubova
Tatiana Tarasova
Josée Picard
Eric Gilles
Paul Wirtz
Skating club CPA Brossard
Granite Club



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.[1][9] 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.[9]

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.[10] In spring 2000, they changed coaches, moving to Tatiana Tarasova and Nikolai Morozov in Newington, Connecticut.[11]

Bourne/Kraatz withdrew from their 2002 Grand Prix events due to Bourne's injury.[1] 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".[12] In January 2007, they were inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame.[4]

Ice shows

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,[13] 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

Show choreography

  • Shizuka Arakawa: Bourne has choreographed for Arakawa's show Friends on Ice in 2009.[14]
  • 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.


(with Kraatz)

SeasonOriginal danceFree dance
  • Waltz: Frühlingsstimmen, op. 410
    (Voices of Spring)
    by Johann Strauss II
  • Polka: Unter Donner und Blitz, op. 324
    (Amidst Thunder and Lightning)
    by Johann Strauss II
  • Adagio of the 21st Century
    by Remo Giazotto, Tomaso Albinoni
    performed by Sarah Brightman
  • Flamenco: Girlfight
    by Theodore Shapiro
  • Tango: Cell Block Tango
    (from Chicago)
    by Bob Fosse
  • Billie Jean
  • In the Closet
  • Smile
  • Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
  • Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
    by Michael Jackson
  • Quickstep: Jumpin' Jack
    by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • Foxtrot: Hey Big Spender
    (from Sweet Charity)
    performed by Shirley Bassey
  • Quickstep: Jumpin' Jack
    by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
    • March With Me
      by Vangelis
      performed by Montserrat Caballe


(with Kraatz)

GP: Part of Champions Series from 1995–96 season, renamed Grand Prix series in 1998–99

Olympics   10th       4th       4th  
Worlds 14th 6th 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd   4th 2nd 1st
Four Continents             1st   1st   1st
GP Final       4th 1st 2nd   5th   1st  
GP Cup of Russia               2nd      
GP Lalique                   2nd  
GP Nations/Spark.   5th     2nd   2nd 1st 3rd    
GP NHK Trophy       2nd   2nd          
GP Skate America                 3rd    
GP Skate Canada 6th 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st     1st  
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st                    
Canadian Champ. 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st   1st 1st 1st
WD: Withdrew


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Shae-Lynn BOURNE / Victor KRAATZ: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 15, 2003.
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  3. ^ Mittan, Barry (August 14, 2005). "Ice Dancing in Lake Placid". Skate Today.
  4. ^ a b "Bourne, Kraatz back together - as promoters". CanWest News Service. December 5, 2007. Archived from the original on March 13, 2016.
  5. ^ Smith, Beverley (January 16, 2008). "Kraatz and Bourne square off". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on October 22, 2009.
  6. ^ Malone, Mark (February 19, 2013). "Bourne performs at Ridgetown carnival". Chatham Daily News.
  7. ^ Evans, Brittany (October 20, 2012). "Q&A: Catching Up with New Mom Shae-Lynn Bourne". Disson Skating. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
  8. ^ Elfman, Lois (August 14, 2008). "Bourne glides in varied directions". IceNetwork.
  9. ^ a b c Ouzounian, Richard (December 19, 2014). "Shae-Lynn Bourne stars in Blades on Stage". Toronto Star.
  10. ^ a b c d "Shae-Lynn BOURNE / Victor KRAATZ: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 18, 2001.
  11. ^ a b c d "Shae-Lynn BOURNE / Victor KRAATZ: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 2, 2002.
  12. ^ "Kraatz ends skating partnership with Bourne". CBC Sports. October 21, 2003. Archived from the original on March 13, 2016.
  13. ^ Hoyt, Melanie (March 1, 2008). "Shae-Lynn Bourne". Archived from the original on March 13, 2016.
  14. ^ Shizuka Arakawa's Friends on Ice Archived 2010-08-16 at the Wayback Machine accessed Aug 31, 2010

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