Dancing On Ice 2013: Beth Tweddle hits back at critics

Beth Tweddle (Dancing On Ice 2013)

Dancing On Ice star Beth Tweddle has hit back at her critics saying she doesn't have an unfair advantage.

The Olympic gymnast has been installed as an early favourite to win the series thanks to her athletic background.

But the 27-year-old has insisted she's on a level playing field with all the other contestants.

Admittedly, pictures from training showing her doing the splits on the ice while her fellow stars struggle don't help her case.

But Beth says: “A lot of people have said that I have an unfair advantage over the other celebrities as I am a gymnast and have experience of putting together routines."

The three time world champion said: “There is a massive difference between doing a routine on the floor and doing one on the ice. It will be a massive challenge but I am really excited about it and, hopefully, I can do well in the competition.”

Beth, who has been partnered with pro skater Dan Whiston for the show, added: “The training is tough and I have spent a lot of time on the floor. The good thing is that I keep getting back up again.

“After years of gymnastics, I am used to taking knocks and I have managed to get a fair few bruises since I’ve been training for Dancing On Ice. I’ve got a really good partner in Dan who has won the show before."

Beth and the other DOI celebs will skate live for the first time this weekend when the show returns to ITV1 on Sunday night from 6:30PM.

Browse pictures of the Dancing On Ice stars in training below!

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