Victoria Pendleton's shoe issues

Victoria Pendleton believes her shoes may have been causing her problems on 'Strictly Come Dancing'

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Victoria Pendleton

Victoria Pendleton

Victoria Pendleton blames her shoes for her problems on 'Strictly come Dancing'.

The Olympic cyclist - who is partnered with professional dancer Brendan Cole on the show - has so far failed to impress on the talent contest and she admits she is finding mastering the routines difficult, particularly because she is unaccustomed to wearing high heels.

She said: "It was so bad. It's hard to remember the steps, look at the camera, keep your head up and smile. I think, 'How am I meant to do this all at once?' It's a difficult skill and I struggle with heels because I've never really worn them.

"My feet really hurt and I have cramp all the time."

Victoria admits she was "annoyed" with herself after her first-week performance but has learned not to be so self-critical.

She explained to Grazia magazine: "I was so annoyed with myself. Then one of the other contestants, Colin Salmon, told me not to be so hard on myself. He said, 'You're not good enough to get angry with yourself.'

"That was such good advice. If this was my job and I blew it, then fine, but I've only been learning for three weeks."

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