Joey Essex and others injured in The Jump training

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 January 2015
Joey Essex

Joey Essex

Joey Essex, Dom Parker, Phil Tufnell and Lady Victoria Hervey have all been injured training for Channel 4 winter sports competition 'The Jump', which is due to start later this month

Joey Essex, Dom Parker, Phil Tufnell and Lady Victoria Hervey have all been injured training for 'The Jump'.

The winter sports competition - which is due to begin later this month - has been thrown into disarray after four more celebrities sustained injuries, with 24-year-old Joey saying "both legs hurt" after an accident while training to ski.

Explaining what happened, he said: "I was going down a really steep slope really fast and a random lady clipped me.

"My right foot was killing me but I couldn't stop, so I turned on my left and fell over on my head and rolled down the hill.

"My left leg got tangled in my right ski and went 'crack'. I had a double whammy. Both legs hurt, but the left one is worse."

The latest incidents add to a long list of injuries from the dangerous Channel 4 programme, after both professional dancer Ola Jordan and wife of the current Speaker of the House of Commons Sally Bercow were forced to pull out of the show due to damage from training, which the celebrities are undertaking in Austria.

Former cricketer Phil, 48, and 'Gogglebox' star, Dom, 50, have also wounded themselves while practising downhill events, with Phil falling off a skeleton sled and Dom sustaining whiplash from a bobsleigh.

Phil said: "It happened just before the end, would you believe? It was like being thrown out the back of a car on the M25 doing 60mph.

"I'm covered from head to toe in bruises. I feel like I've been in a tumble drier for a week and a half."

Explaining his own damage, Dom said: "We've both got back injuries in exactly the same place. I thought I'd broken my back on the bobsleigh, pulling the brakes on.

"I came whipping through the finish line, howling like a stuck pig."

Speaking about her own injuries, Lady Victoria added she has also harmed herself by repeatedly knocking her wrist in the same place.

She told The Sun newspaper: "I don't think it's broken but they are keeping an eye on it."

A Channel 4 source commented: "The contestants are surrounded by the best coaches but accidents do happen."

Other stars taking part in the programme include Louie Spence, Stacey Solomon, Mike Tindall and Ashley Roberts.

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