Dancing on Ice star ‘worried’ about future on show following injury as he admits 'It's tough'

Dancing on Ice star ‘worried’ about future on show following injury as he admits 'It's tough'

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Olivia Gantzer

By Olivia Gantzer

Published: 16/02/2024

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The former athlete said his body 'isn't what it once was' as he detailed his concerns

Dancing on Ice star Greg Rutherford has detailed why an injury has left him “worried” about the upcoming show this weekend.

The ITV reality show is known for being on the risky side when it comes to injuries, and many famous faces and professional skaters have endured some painful slip-ups since the series debuted in 2006.

The 37-year-old explained he had pulled his groin during training but believes he should be fine to compete in this weekend’s show, but is still “worried”.

“I'll be retired now five years and my body isn't what it once was anyway,” the former Olympian explained.

Speaking on Alexis Conran & Friends, he continued: “And I had to retire due to injuries anyway. So it's very tough.

"And the thing is, you never lose the mindset of what you have. So in training and everything else, you'll always push yourself.

Greg Rutherford

The former Olympian said he should be fine to appear in the show


“But the problem is things like this then take place and then you deal with it again, which is less than ideal."

"Are you worried it's going to impact your journey in the show?" Conran asked the former track and field athlete.

“A little bit, yeah we'll see, we're having to push through to this weekend, I'm 100 per cent going to be fine for the weekend,” Rutherford replied.

“I just hope it doesn't get any worse. If it doesn't get any worse I'll be fine."

Greg Rutherford and Vanessa James

Rutherford said his body 'isn't what it once was'


The 37-year-old, who is partnered with Vanessa James on the competition series, has so far impressed the judges, but could his injury impact his performance on Sunday?

The show's history is littered with contestants who have had to drop out of the show following painful accidents.

Back in 2008, children's TV presenter Michael Underwood became the first ever contestant to have to bow out of the show due to an injury after he broke his ankle while training.

Chart-topping singer Chesney Hawkes was announced as a contestant on the show in late 2011, but was forced to pull out of the series before the live shows even began after breaking his leg.

Greg Rutherford

Rutherford retired from sport in 2018 due to an injury


The late Keith Chegwin suffered a similar fate and had to leave before the shows went to air in 2012 when he seriously injured himself on the ice.

Professional skater Sylvain Longchambon also had to pull out of the competition in 2012 after tearing a tendon on his right bicep.

Many more, including Michael Barrymore, Denise Van Outen and Billie Faiers have succumbed to the dangerous ice and had to call it quits early on in the show.

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