Christopher Dean suffers painful injury after terrifying fall ahead of DOI final

Dancing On Ice superstars Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill have done their best to provide fans and viewers with some exciting new skate routines this series.

The Olympic skating duo have wowed with some incredible performances on the ITV show, but most exciting is what’s to come on the live final this Sunday.

The pair have been training and rehearsing to ensure it’s the most electrifying routine it can be, but unfortunately Chris revealed he and Jayne suffered an "almighty fall" this week.

The show’s judge told Good Morning Britain hosts Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway that the painful accident had left him dealing with injuries as he is "battered and bruised".

The 62-year-old has often said that it’s much harder for him and Jayne to create some of the scary and exciting things they used to be able to do, with age being a very real and worrying factor.

But it seems the athletes pushed it too hard for the show’s final this week, as he told the presenters: "Jayne and I, we haven’t skated for the last eight weeks because we’ve been in our bubble and everything that we’ve done we recorded before, but we are skating this last week.

"And we were just on the ice on Monday and we took an almighty fall, which I’m still paying for, I feel a bit battered and bruised."

Appearing sheepish at Ben and Kate’s shocked gasps, Chris continued to explain: "I caught an edge and I went down."

Proving his chivalry remains intact even in the throes of skating accidents though, Chris assured viewers his priority was still to protect Jayne.

"I placed myself under Jayne and she landed on top of me," the skater said.

"So she had a nice cushion and it was just my back that took the pressure."

Asked if it feels like there's been more injuries than usual this year, Chris agreed that combined with the issues of Covid it has felt like "a little more".

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"We generally do get the injuries because people are not used to moving in the way that we move on the ice and the way that they’re manipulated and the ice is pretty hard when you fall on it," the star said.

"So, we generally do have them but I think combined with a couple of losses with Covid, it has seemed more."

This year's Dancing On Ice final was brought forward by one week due to several contestants being forced to quit the show due to either an injury or contracting COVID-19.

Dancing On Ice airs on Sunday at 6pm on ITV.

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