Matthew Wolfenden: DOI win would be Olympic gold

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Matthew Wolfenden

Former gymnast-turned-actor Matthew Wolfenden says winning 'Dancing On Ice' would be as good as taking Olympic gold.

Matthew Wolfenden says winning 'Dancing On Ice' would be as good as taking Olympic gold.

The 'Emmerdale' actor had been a promising gymnast before a back injury ended his career at just 17 years old and he is hoping the drive he had when he was in training for the sport will give him the competitive edge he needs to do well in the celebrity skating contest.

He said: "I'd have loved to have been in the Olympics but it would be as good as winning an Olympic gold if I won Dancing On Ice!

"People might not be as impressed but it would mean a lot to me. I'm enjoying the show so much, I've learned a new skill.

"I'm still competitive - I keep fit and do triathalons."

However, despite his background as a gymnast and a dancer, Matthew insists his flexibility and movement skills have not given him a head start over the other celebrity skaters because he isn't yet confident about his prowess on the ice.

He told The Sun newspaper: "I think if I stay in the competition then I'll get better on my skates, but at the moment I'm not good enough on the skates for my dancing skills to help.

"When I'm more secure on my skates then hopefully it will all be useful."

Matthew - who is partnered by Nina Ulanova - is among the second group of celebrities making their debut on tomorrow (!5.01.12) night's show.

He will compete against TV presenter Sam Nixon, 'X Factor' reject Chico Slimani, fitness expert Rosemary Conley, actress Jennifer Ellison, 'EastEnders' star Laila Morse, freerunner Sebastien Foucan and former child actor Corey Feldman.

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