Belfast Telegraph

Back operation for gymnast Beth Tweddle after injury training for The Jump

Britain's most successful gymnast Beth Tweddle is due to undergo an operation on her back after getting injured during rehearsals for celebrity sports show The Jump.

The 30-year-old, who won bronze at the London Games in 2012, is said to be in a stable condition.

In a statement, her mother Ann and father Jerry said: " Yesterday Beth had a fall on the slopes whilst in training for The Jump.

"She is stable and due to undergo routine surgery on her back.

"Beth and the family would like to thank everyone for their good wishes. We will keep you updated on her progress."

She became the third member of this year's celebrity contestants to pull out of the show.

Fellow Olympian Rebecca Adlington, 26, withdrew from the show on medical advice after a shoulder injury. She told host Davina McCall the fall was "literally the worst thing that has ever happened to me, it was worse than childbirth".

Holby City actress Tina Hobley, 44, also headed for the exit after she dislocated her elbow and suffered two fractures to her arm.

Adlington will be replaced by former contestant Heather Mills, who was knocked out in the first round in 2014 and was forced to compete in an unfamiliar prosthetic limb after breaking hers during training.

Mills, the former wife of Sir Paul McCartney, said: "I am overjoyed to be asked back by Channel 4 to join the competitors on The Jump, as I always felt it was unfinished business.

"Finishing second overall in the only event I got to compete in, The Skeleton, and having to jump wearing someone else's foot, was pretty bad luck. I never even got to compete in skiing.

"I know I can do much better, and I am working with my prosthetist (Abdo Haidar of The London Prosthetic Centre) to create a foot that has more movement like a human's."

Adlington said she was "so sad to be leaving on injury".

She said: "I'm so proud of myself with the challenges I have overcome, from skeleton to jumping and learning how to ski. I'm very grateful to have met the most incredible people as well. It was so difficult but so much fun at the same time."

Hobley will be replaced by The Wanted's Tom Parker. A replacement for Tweddle has not yet been announced.

Ex-EastEnders actress Louisa Lytton became the first contestant to be ski-booted out of The Jump as the latest series of the reality show got under way on January 31.

A Channel 4 spokeswoman said: "The health and safety of the competitors is always paramount and Beth was immediately taken to hospital for treatment after hurting herself during training."


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