Dancing on Ice's Greg Rutherford feared injury had dashed final hopes

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Dancing on Ice 2024 finalist Greg Rutherford has opened up about his concerns that he wouldn't be able to continue in the competition due to injury.

Olympic and world champion athlete Greg confirmed last month that he'd sustained a groin injury while warming up for a previous episode. At the time, he added that he hoped the injury "doesn't get any worse".

Speaking ahead of Sunday's (March 10) Dancing on Ice final, Greg told press including Digital Spy: "There's most certainly been a few moments where I thought this [making the final] probably isn't going to happen – the worst one being when the groin tore, which will be four weeks on Saturday.

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"When that happened, I thought that was me done, to be honest, because the pain… in ice skating you have to turn constantly, your hips oscillating the whole time, so when you can't do that, you're thinking 'that's me finished'."

Reflecting on his feelings about the injury and his recovery programme, Greg added: "I was gutted at first. It's like classic me, a little injury right at the wrong time. But Sharon, the physio who works on the show, has done a tireless job to keep me going and doing well.

"And we are currently in a situation where, yes it's still healing, there's a little bit of soreness and tightness every so often, but I'm able to do what I need to do.

"So thankfully we are here, and I'm thrilled to be here as well."

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Greg, who will compete against Adele Roberts, Ryan Thomas and Miles Nazaire in the final, also opened up about the prospect of being named Dancing on Ice's 2024 champion.

"Of course, now the last hurdle is trying to do the Bolero, and only two of us will do that, but it’s one of those things where I'm so happy to have made the final, I’ve managed to go through the whole show," he said.

"Last week I got voted the best skater in our solo skate, that was a really proud moment for me. So all in all, thrilled to bits, [I'm] ignoring the fact that there's still a bit of an injury there, but that's fine.

"I'm hoping everybody loves the showcase, we get to do the Bolero, and then who knows at that point."

Dancing on Ice's 2024 final airs on Sunday, March 10 at 6.25pm on ITV1 and streams on ITVX.

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