OLYMPIC gymnast Beth Tweddle is relying on the support of her friends and family to help cope with the pressure of being on the celebrity talent show Dancing on Ice.
Speaking to the Chronicle after national press reports this week that she has split from her boyfriend of three years, Steve Cryer, she said: “I’ve learnt to cope with pressure over 20 years of competing in gymnastics. Dancing on Ice is a different kind of pressure but I have such great support from friends and family, and I just try to focus on my training and performance.”
The triple-world champion gymnast would not confirm or deny the rumours.
Mr Cryer accompanied Beth to the Trinity Mirror/Scottish Power Your Champions awards ceremony at the Crowne Plaza in November last year when the London 2012 bronze medallist was crowned the Chronicle’s Champion of Champions.
He was also her guest at a premiere of the Bond film Skyfall at Chester’s Cineworld last November.
Dressed in a stunning navy sequined dress with one shoulder, Beth leapt to the top of the leader board on Sunday’s show after a romantic duet with partner Dan Whiston.
Dancing to Emili Sandé’s Clown, she even managed to secure a 7.5 from Jason Gardiner, who until now has been scathing about her performance.
He said: “You sent shivers up my spine, and that doesn’t happen very often.”
The routine, which saw Beth skating alone, included one-foot springs, waltz jumps, a Big Top lift and a floating carousel, and bagged her a total score of 30.5.
She said: “Moving to the top of the leader board will obviously increase pressure and expectation but I can’t worry about that. I can only work on my own performance and as long as I go out on Sunday night and Dan and I are pleased with the performance, we can’t ask for any more.”
Beth’s fellow London 2012 gymnasts Jennifer Pinches and Hannah Whelan were at the ITV studios on Sunday to watch their team mate in action. As she began her routine skating alone, a voice in the crowd was heard to shout: ‘Go Beth’.
Former X Factor winner Shayne Ward was voted off the show on Sunday after a skate-off with former EastEnders star Matt Lapinskas.