Olympic gold medal winner and Strictly legend set for Dancing On Ice after injury rules him out of winter competition | The Sun

OLYMPIC hero and Strictly Come Dancing star Greg Rutherford is set to sign up for Dancing On Ice.

The Sun can exclusively reveal that gold medal-winning long jumper Greg, 36, is hoping to rule the rink in the upcoming series of the ITV reality competition.

It comes after the retired track and field athlete’s dreams of joining the Britain’s bobsleigh team for the 2022 Winter Olympics were dashed after he suffered a shoulder injury.

A show insider revealed: “Greg was gutted after his Olympic dreams were derailed, but it basically freed up his calendar so when the Dancing On Ice offer came along, he decided to chat with bosses.

“As an athlete, he loves having something to focus on and a project to train for, so this will give him something to channel his competitive spirit into.”

The dad of three famously joined the cast of Strictly Come Dancing back in 2016, where he danced with pro dancer Claudia Fragapane.



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The pair lasted for an impressive nine weeks in the BBC competition, but Greg is tipped to go even further on its Holly Willoughby-fronted rival. 

The source added: “Ice skating is arguably more athletic than ballroom dancing, so Greg should really come into his own on the show. He’ll put the hours into training and be laser-focussed on going all the way.”

If he wins the Dancing On Ice trophy, Greg will have to clear some space on his mantlepiece, which already boasts an MBE, six gold medals and his Celebrity Masterchef winner’s award.

When contacted by The Sun for comment, an ITV spokesperson said: “Dancing On Ice’s line-up will be confirmed in the coming weeks.”

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With Greg poised to be announced in the coming days, he will join previously confirmed contestants including boxer Ricky Hatton, Coronation Street actress Claire Sweeney, former S Club singer Hannah Spearritt and Love Island legend Amber Davies.

The show will kick off on our screens in early January on ITV1 and ITVX.

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