Olympic gold medal winner Greg Rutherford hospitalised after ‘significant injury’ hours before Dancing on Ice final

Olympics legend Greg Rutherford has been rushed to hospital with a ‘significant injury’.

It has thrown Dancing on Ice into chaos as Rutherford, one of the finalists, has been forced to pull out of the live show.


Rutherford has been taken to hospital with a significant injury

The 37-year-old had been set to take part in the Dancing on Ice final on Sunday night after suffering an injury in rehearsals.

Rutherford’s skating partner Vanessa James revealed the news on social media, writing: “Unfortunately Greg has sustained a significant injury this morning at rehearsals and won’t be able to perform tonight.

“We are on our way to the hospital for Greg to get examined further and receive the treatment he needs.”

The final is set to go ahead with the three remaining celebrities – Miles Nazaire, Ryan Thomas and Adele Roberts.

A spokesman for the show said: “Sadly Olympian Greg Rutherford MBE has had to withdraw from Dancing On Ice after sustaining an injury whilst in rehearsals for the final episode of the current series.

“Greg and Vanessa have been such a popular couple this series and have performed some truly memorable routines.

“We will be helping to support Greg and wish him well with his recovery.

“We also want to thank him for being such a treasured member of the Dancing on Ice family.”

Rutherford made his name at London 2012 in the Olympics after landing gold in the long jump


Rutherford made his name at London 2012 in the Olympics after landing gold in the long jumpCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Rutherford has had to pull out of Dancing on Ice


Rutherford has had to pull out of Dancing on IceCredit: Rex

Rutherford has been dancing through the pain on the show after hurting his groin at the beginning of the competition.

He said ahead of the final: “I thought I was out of the show at that point, I didn’t think I was (going to be) able to carry on because it was so painful.

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“And we’ve been effectively just letting it heal as much as we can, while still pushing. I’ve been really, really lucky… (it is) still healing so it still, pulls ever so often (and) feels a bit tight and sore.

“But this is performance-led and I had exactly the same when I was an athlete, I think there’s probably only one major in my career where I felt completely healthy.

“So you expect to have these little niggles and little issues, so you just put your mind to it and push through it.”

Rutherford made his name in the long jump for Team GB, winning gold at London 2012.

He also won bronze four years later in Brazil, as well as landing gold at the World Championships in Beijing in 2015.


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