Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Sharon voted off ice dance show

Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies has been voted out of Dancing on Ice

Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies will not be taking home any medals after she was voted out of Dancing on Ice.

The 47-year-old presenter went up against Inbetweeners star Emily Atack in the skate-off but was voted out of the competition by the panel of experts who opted unanimously to save her younger rival.

After hearing she was to leave the ITV1 show, a dignified Davies vowed she would not bid goodbye to the ice.

"Thank you very much for the experience - I will not be hanging up my skates," she said. "I shall carry on going down to the Swindon ice rink and doing my skating."

The mother-of-three had battled to stay in the competition which has taken its toll on her body. During the series she has struggled to overcome problems with her lower back, shoulders and knees.

Wearing a lilac outfit she took to the ice with skating partner Pavel Aubrecht and a determined expression on her face for her final performance. But ultimately it was not enough to save her.

The champion athlete, who has taken considerable flack from judges during the series, later left the show with a smile on her face.

"I have had such a great time on the programme," she said, amid cheers and screams from the audience.

Earlier in the show, viewers watched Hollyoaks star Gary Lucy put up a determined performance despite a knee injury caused when he crashed down onto the ice during training.

Judge Emma Bunton heaped praise on the 28 year old's skate and added flirtatiously: "Gary, I thought you were actually quite sexy tonight."

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