Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Tweddle looking forward to a break

Beth Tweddle has been out celebrating her Dancing On Ice win

Dancing On Ice winner Beth Tweddle has admitted she is looking forward to finally being able to spend time with her friends and family after the show's gruelling schedule.

The 27-year-old gymnast went straight from the London 2012 Olympics to training for the ITV show and can finally take some time out after winning the trophy with professional partner Dan Whiston.

Beth, who split from her boyfriend of three years during the series, admitted: "Since the Olympics I literally went straight into training for this and straight into the show, so it is going to be very strange to go home and just spend time with my family and friends."

The Olympic medallist and partner Dan - who has now notched up a hat-trick of wins on the show - managed to get through to the final without ever having landed in the bottom two of the public votes and facing the skate-off.

Beth told This Morning: "People were saying, 'the public must love you', but you can never take anything for granted."

Beth and Dan admitted they had been partying until the early hours to celebrate their win. Asked how she felt, Beth said: I'm still overwhelmed. I had the most amazing experience. And obviously Dan's helped a lot with that and I just can't even talk about it. It's been brilliant."

She added: "I've loved every minute.

"Most of time I've spent falling over and Dan laughing at me. It got to the stage that if I moved straight away he'd be like, 'Yes she's fine, I can laugh at her'. As soon as I didn't move he'd come over to check!"

Dan won the first series of Dancing On Ice in 2006 with actress Gaynor Faye, and the fifth series in 2010 with former Emmerdale actress Hayley Tamaddon.

He said: "I can't believe it! I've been lucky enough to get eight amazing partners and three of them have won the show. I've had an amazing journey so far, and thank you Beth for making that happen."

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