Louis Smith 'blocking out' Strictly nerves
Louis Smith is not concerned about dealing with nerves on 'Strictly Come Dancing' as he often blocks them out as a gymnast.
Louis Smith has "blocked out" his 'Strictly Come Dancing' nerves.
The Olympic gymnast - who is teamed with Flavia Cacace on the BBC show - claims his training in sport has helped him deal with any anxiety he has about performing, but he is worried about how he will "sell" his routines to the watching audience.
He said: "I will be nervous but, thanks to gymnastics, I am quite good at blocking out nerves. My biggest problem is selling the routine. I'm quite fit but I've got no experience in acting and my first instinct is just to go out there with my macho face on.
"I'm not flamboyant at all and there is definitely more pressure on me as an Olympian because people think you're some kind of superhuman. In reality, I'm carrying loads of injuries I've picked up from 19 years of regimented training. My back is bad, my knee is bad - but I'll give it my best shot."
Louis won silver on the pommel horse at the recent London Olympics, but claims he will not be giving up his day-job full-time to become a dancer.
He said: "I haven't retired from gymnastics but I needed a break after the Olympics. So when 'Strictly' made me an offer straight after the Games, I accepted."
However, he admits he would have also accepted an offer from 'Dancing On Ice' had it come along.
Louis added to The Sun newspaper: "That was the one that came in first. But I also thought I'd be good at 'Dancing On Ice' because I skated a lot when I was younger."