Shae-Lynn Bourne

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Shae-Lynn Bourne
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Shae-Lynn Bourne with Victor Kraatz.
Personal information
Country representedCanada
Born (1976-01-24) January 24, 1976 (age 44)
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
ResidenceToronto / South Carolina
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Former partnerVictor Kraatz
Andrew Bertleff (Pairs)
Former coachNikolai Morozov
Uschi Keszler
Natalia Dubova
Tatiana Tarasova
Josée Picard
Eric Gilles
Paul Wirtz
Skating clubCPA Brossard
Granite Club

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.

Since retiring from competitive skating, she has become a renowned choreographer, choreographing programs for Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu and multiple World Champions including Nathan Chen and Evgenia Medvedeva. During the 2020 ISU Skating Awards, Shae-Lynn was named Best Choreographer.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Bourne was born on January 24, 1976, in Chatham, Ontario.[2] She has an older brother, Chris, a younger sister, Calea and younger brother Sean.[3] She married her skating coach Nikolai Morozov on August 12, 2005,[4] but the marriage was short-lived, and they divorced in July 2007.[5][6] She is currently married to Bohdan Turok with whom she has a son, Kai, born in June 2012.[7][8] She worked as a coach and a choreographer at the Granite Club in Toronto,[9] then moved to the Carolina Ice Palace in Charleston, South Carolina in 2019.[10]


Bourne began skating in 1983.[2] Early in her career, she competed in pair skating with partner Andrew Bertleff.[2] She stated that she enjoyed pairs "but I was dropped a lot, there were a lot of head injuries, and I finally said, 'No more, I'm not going to last much longer if I kept doing this.'"[11]

Partnership with Kraatz[edit]

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.[2][11] 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.[11]

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.[12] In spring 2000, they changed coaches, moving to Tatiana Tarasova and Nikolai Morozov in Newington, Connecticut.[13]

Bourne/Kraatz withdrew from their 2002 Grand Prix events due to Bourne's injury.[2] 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".[14] In January 2007, they were inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame.[5]

Ice shows[edit]

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[edit]

Bourne formerly coached Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje,[15] and Cathy Reed / Chris Reed. She has choreographed programs for:

Show choreography


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)

Season Original dance Free dance
  • 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

by Desmond Child & Draco Rosa; performed by Ricky Martin

  • Waltz: Seachrán Charn Tsiail

by Clannad

by Da Hool


(from Grease soundtrack)

  • Tango
    • Raposchol
    • Devotchka Nadya by traditional Kalinka

by Igor Tuhmanov


(with Kraatz)

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

Event 92–93 93–94 94–95 95–96 96–97 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03
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. ^ "Best Choreographer - International Skating Union". International Skating Union.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 1997 World Figure Skating Championships, Original Dance (Television production). ESPN. 1997. my little sister Calea.
  4. ^ Mittan, Barry (August 14, 2005). "Ice Dancing in Lake Placid". Skate Today.
  5. ^ a b "Bourne, Kraatz back together - as promoters". CanWest News Service. December 5, 2007. Archived from the original on March 13, 2016.
  6. ^ Smith, Beverley (January 16, 2008). "Kraatz and Bourne square off". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on October 22, 2009.
  7. ^ Malone, Mark (February 19, 2013). "Bourne performs at Ridgetown carnival". Chatham Daily News.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Elfman, Lois (August 14, 2008). "Bourne glides in varied directions". IceNetwork.
  10. ^ Miller, Andrew (July 14, 2019). "Canadian Olympian Shae-Lynn Bourne has made Charleston center of figure skating world". The Post and Courier.
  11. ^ a b c Ouzounian, Richard (December 19, 2014). "Shae-Lynn Bourne stars in Blades on Stage". Toronto Star.
  12. ^ a b c d "Shae-Lynn BOURNE / Victor KRAATZ: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 18, 2001.
  13. ^ a b c d "Shae-Lynn BOURNE / Victor KRAATZ: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 2, 2002.
  14. ^ "Kraatz ends skating partnership with Bourne". CBC Sports. October 21, 2003. Archived from the original on March 13, 2016.
  15. ^ Hoyt, Melanie (March 1, 2008). "Shae-Lynn Bourne". Archived from the original on March 13, 2016.
  16. ^ Shizuka Arakawa's Friends on Ice Archived 2010-08-16 at the Wayback Machine accessed Aug 31, 2010

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