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Tweddle Suffers Serious Back Injury on "The Jump"
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Retired British star Beth Tweddle suffered a serious back injury Saturday while training for the reality television show The Jump in Austria, and reportedly has undergone back surgery to repair two fractured vertebrae.


Tweddle reportedly suffered two fractured vertebrae in the crash on Saturday.

The three-time Olympian was in Austria filming the reality show, which features celerities and athletes trying to master Winter Olympic sports, including ski jump, skeleton and bobsleigh.

According to a statement from the Channel 4 network, "Beth was on the jump on Saturday afternoon and managed to pull it off correctly. But she didn’t slow down in time or didn’t stop properly and crashed into a barrier."

Tweddle was airlifted to a hospital. Her family released an update, saying "She is stable and due to undergo routine surgery on her back. Beth and the family would like to thank everyone for their good wishes. We will keep you updated on her progress."

The Jump, which just began airing its third season on January 31, has come under criticism for its dangerous stunts. Tweddle's injuries are not the first this season. Olympic champion swimmer Rebecca Adlington suffered a severely dislocated shoulder, and actress Tina Hobley was forced to withdraw after dislocating her elbow.

Tweddle is the most successful British gymnast of all time, with five world medals (including three gold), and 11 European medals (six gold). She capped her career with a bronze medal on uneven bars at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Tweddle, who was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2010, followed her Olympic medal with a victory in the 2013 season of Dancing On Ice.

External Link: Beth Tweddle on Twitter

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