Olympic gymnast Louis Smith joins the contestant line-up for The Jump 2017

Strictly Come Dancing winner reportedly began training this week


Olympic gymnast and Strictly Come Dancing winner Louis Smith is reportedly set to compete in The Jump 2017.

According to The Sun, Louis has signed up for the Channel 4 show in a bid to improve his image, having caused controversy just weeks after winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics in August.

The 27-year-old said he was "deeply sorry" after a video in which he appeared to mock Muslims was posted online.

It resulted in British Gymnastics handing him a two-month ban from the sport.

"Louis makes sense as a signing for The Jump given his sporting background," a source told the newspaper. "He’s not exactly knocking back offers at the moment after the video.

"It gives him something to do during his suspension and means he can stay in shape while getting paid for his troubles."

However, Louis has picked one of the most dangerous ways possible to return to the public eye.

The Jump came under fire during its last series when seven contestants withdrew due to injury.

They included fellow Olympian Beth Tweddle, who required months of recovery after fracturing two vertebrae in her neck.

Louis commented: "I’ve had some ups and downs in 2016 so am massively looking forward to getting stuck into The Jump.

"As a professional athlete I’m massively competitive. I’m pretty fearless when it comes to any snow sports so can’t wait to get out there."

Louis also won silver at the London 2012 games, and was crowned champion of Strictly's tenth series later that year.

His rivals on The Jump will reportedly include Big Brother's Josie Gibson, TOWIE's Lydia Bright and X Factor's Jake Quickenden.

The Jump 2017 begins on Channel 4 in the New Year.

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