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Tweddle Skates Off with 'Dancing' Title
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Beth Tweddle, the most decorated gymnast in British history, will need to find space for yet another award after winning Sunday evening's finale of "Dancing on Ice."

Tweddle and partner Daniel Whiston skated to the classic "Bolero" on the live finale of the popular British reality show, earning enough votes to win the trophy. Actor Matt Lapinskas and his partner Brianne Delcourt earned four perfect scores of 10 from the judges for his showcase performance, but the British public overruled them to give the crown to Tweddle and Whiston.

Clad in a short purple dress for "Bolero," Tweddle showcased her flexibility and athleticism, earning lavish praise from the judging panel. Head judge Robin Cousins called it "electric" and "intense."

The live finale pulled in 7 million viewers, a 25 percent audience share. British ice dancing legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, whose own routine to Bolero earned them the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo, opened the finale with an exhibition. The pair serve as mentors throughout the season.

Tweddle, 27, was humble and congratulated Lapinskas on his performance.

"I'm speechless," said Tweddle, who had no ice skating experience prior to the show. "It's amazing. All credit goes to Matt. He's done amazing skates tonight."

The trophy is the third for Whiston, who also won with actresses Gaynor Faye (season one) and Hayley Tamaddon (season five).

Speaking about her time on the show, Tweddle said: "It's been the most amazing experience and a lot of credit has to go to Dan."

Lapinskas, who stars on the popular soap opera "EastEnders," congratulated the star gymnast after her victory.

"It's been amazing 10 weeks," he said. "Well done Beth."

Tweddle won three world championship titles (uneven bars in 2006 and 2010, floor exercise in 2009) before capping her career off with the bronze medal on bars at the 2012 Olympics in London.

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