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Spencer Matthews crowned winner of 2017's The Jump

Louis Smith had been the favourite to win the show, but couldn't compete with Spencer Matthews' record-breaking final jump.

Spencer Matthews beat his competitors to be crowned the winner of The Jump in Sunday night's (12Mar17) grand final.

The former Made In Chelsea star previously admitted his major aim on the Channel 4 winter sports show was to beat Olympian Louis Smith, who had been the favourite to win.

And Spencer did so after a tense final, when it came down to how far the finalists could jump.

Spencer came top of the table with a distance of 18.98 metres, compared to Louis' 18.05 metres and Jason Robinson's 16.35 metres. Amy Willerton also took part in the last jump but landed before the qualifying line, meaning her distance wasn't counted.

Spencer's impressive jump also saw him shatter former contestant Sid Owen's record for the longest ski jump in the history of the show - ex EastEnders star Sid managed 18.85 metres during the 2016 series.

When Spencer discovered he had beaten Louis to emerge the winner, he was seen shrieking into the camera: "I'm so happy!"

He later took to his Twitter page to thank fans for their support over the six weeks he has been in Austria preparing for the gruelling weekly challenges, writing: "To all those who supported me in #TheJump thank you from the bottom of my heart.. Love to all my fellow competitors too!!"

Louis also congratulated Spencer using his social media, writing on Twitter: "Wow what a final...massive well done to champion @SpencerMatthews. Also to the rest of the cast who smashed it. Finally to @Channel4 (heart emojis)."

There's no rest for Louis now that the series has finished though - he is gearing up to start his training for the Olympics in 2020. The rigorous regime means Louis won't be able to return to enjoy the white stuff until after the Olympic games, but he's used to making sacrifices.

"I can’t go on skiing holidays while I’m in training. I have the show finishing on March 12; I fly back on the 13 and the 14th I’m back in the gym. So straight back in to it, no time to waste," he previously told the Daily Mirror newspaper.

"The next time I can ski will probably be after the 2020 Games, I will miss skiing but it’s not the first time I’ve had to sacrifice stuff."

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