Beth Tweddle’s mum said her daughter was in ‘competition mode’ ahead of Dancing on Ice week three, and judging by her performance, she wasn’t wrong.
Pulling off one of her most successful skates to date, the Olympic medallist from Bunbury, and her partner Lukasz Rozycki earned a thumbs up from all the judges for their ballet-esque routine.
Dressed all in white, Beth gave an elegant and heartfelt performance to Lily Allen’s Somewhere Only We Know , and even managed a lift that had never been attempted on the show before.
But as effortless as she made it look, the 28-year-old admitted it was ‘difficult’ to perfect and that she struggled to get it right at times.
Speaking to The Chronicle , she said: “The lift was so difficult and I did get very frustrated training it. It wasn’t affected by my recent calf muscle injury, it was just about learning the technique and the feeling.
“Luckily the injury is doing ok and I am rehabing all the time to ensure it continues to improve.
“But my sports background helps by giving me the mentality that you just have to keep practising and practising until it's perfect.
“The hardest part is only having five days to perfect it. I am used to having more time and I am a perfectionist so I want it ready earlier than the Saturday morning.”
And despite impressing the judges and the public with her performance, the triple world champion said she is still aware of her competitors.
“Everyone on this show is a contender,” she said. “Everyone is such a high standard. I really like Ray, I think he has the whole package, he can skate and is also really strong on the performance side too.
“It has been a period of adjustment to me, learning to skate with a new partner, and at first it was difficult to adjust.
“In reality I didn't think it would be that hard to transfer partners but the timings and the different types of lifts were all very new to me.
“Obviously myself and Daniel are still really good friends but I am really pleased to be skating with Lukasz and I think people are seeing a different side to me because of it. We have so much fun on the ice and that's what I want from this show, to enjoy myself.”
Watch Beth compete in Dancing on Ice on ITV1 every Sunday night at 6.15pm.
Beth subject of 'vile' abuse
Beth Tweddle became a victim of ‘unacceptable’ online abuse during a live Q&A on Twitter earlier this week.
The former British gymnast faced sexist messages and hateful comments about her looks as she hosted an interactive sports session for the social networking site on Tuesday.
Sky Sports, which was linking the session, condemned the vulgar and offensive messages, saying it was ‘extremely disappointed’ that an attempt to host a constructive Q&A was used by some to air sexist views.
Women’s rights activists at the Everyday Sexism project voiced their opinions, tweeting: “This is what female athletes are up against.
“This is a perfect display of the misogyny, aggression and imbalanced treatment faced by sportswomen in every discipline.”
On Wednesday, January 22, Beth responded by tweeting: “Thanks for all your messages. Yesterday was unfortunate but I’ve been heartened to see the reaction from responsible twitter users. A few people did something wrong, were called out on it and apologised. This demonstrated that abuse isn’t tolerated.
“I hope everyone continues to react the same way by reporting abuse no matter who is on the receiving end.”
Beth competed at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics, winning bronze in the latter, and won three gold medals at world championships as well as six golds at European championships.