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Ben Cohen: 'I want to go back on The Jump!'

Ben Cohen has warned The Jump contestants to be prepared for injuries when they take part in the winter sports show next month (Feb17).

Former The Jump winner Ben Cohen wants to return to the Channel 4 winter sports show.

The ex England rugby player beat Dean Cain to be crowned winner of the 2016 series of the much talked-about programme. And despite the programme hitting headlines due to the amount of injuries the celebrity contestants have suffered, Ben wouldn't hesitate to return to the slopes and give it another go.

"I absolutely loved my time on The Jump," he told The Sun newspaper. "I want to go back on it. I am so envious of everyone taking part this year."

There were calls last year (16) for the show to be axed after several stars suffered severe injuries, including gymnast Beth Tweddle, who had to have surgery after fracturing vertebrae in her back.

In addition, actress Tina Hobley broke her arm in two places and swimmer Rebecca Adlington dislocated her shoulder.

However, Ben insists the celebrity contestants are well aware of what they're letting themselves in for, as injuries are part and parcel of such a programme.

"People shouldn't moan about the threat of injury," he added. "It is an extreme sport. It's like going to the gym for the first time, you're going to be sore and ache the next day.

"Well it's the same on The Jump; you're going to hurt yourself aren't you? Or at least feel a certain level of discomfort, whether it is the boots or whatever else."

This year's (17) stars hoping to wow on the slopes include Vogue Williams and Spencer Matthews, who have already sparked romance rumours after being seen looking cosy during practice sessions.

Josie Gibson, Lydia Bright and Olympian Louis Smith will also be keen to impress when The Jump returns to screens next month (Feb17).

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