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Tweddle Takes First Steps After Spinal Surgery
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British legend Beth Tweddle has taken her first steps following surgery after breaking her neck filming reality TV series ''The Jump'', her family reported Wednesday.

British gymnastics legend Beth Tweddle has taken her first steps following surgery after breaking her neck filming reality TV series The Jump, her family reported Wednesday.

"Since her surgery, Beth has managed to walk a few steps whilst being assisted by the nursing team," reported her parents, Ann and Jerry Tweddle, on her official website. "She is still very tired from the operation but the medical team are pleased with the progress she is making. At the moment we aren't certain of the timescale for her recovery. We are taking each day as it comes."

Tweddle, 30, underwent surgery to fuse two fractured vertebrae in her neck on Sunday, a day after she crashed into a barrier after executing a ski jump filming Channel 4 reality series ''The Jump'' in Austria. A piece of bone from her hip was used to fuse the vertebrae.

"The early medical indications were positive as Beth was able to move her hands and feet, despite being in a lot of discomfort," her parents said. "It was a scary time for all of us and we're just very grateful that the operation was a success."

The three-time Olympian is Britain's most successful gymnast in history, with one Olympic, five world, and 10 European medals. She is no stranger to injury, undergoing at least five surgeries on her ankles and feet during her lengthy career, which limited her to a bars and floor specialist in later years. Following her retirement after the 2012 Olympic Games, she won the reality series ''Dancing on Ice''.

The Jump is a reality television competition featuring athletes and celebrities attempting Winter Olympic events, including ski jumping, skeleton and bobsled. The third season began on January 31, but Tweddle was already the third athlete to withdraw with injury. Since Tweddle's injury, two more contestants have gone down with injury: Made in Chelsea star Mark-Francis Vandelli withdrew with a fractured ankle and Olympic champion sprinter Linford Christie has been forced out with a hamstring injury. Seven of the 12 original contestants have suffered some kind of injury.

External Link: Beth Tweddle's Official Website

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