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Beth Tweddle MBE

Britain's Greatest ever Female Gymnast


16 February 2013Liverpool's Dancing On Ice star Beth Tweddle on being cool under pressure

The city-trained Olympic gymnast said the support of her friends and family is driving her forward in the ITV1 talent show.

Beth, who moved to Liverpool in 2004, also told of her secret weapon for her skating team this Sunday – comedian Keith Chegwin.

The 27-year-old said: “Keith is on my team so we’ve got two Liverpool skaters against the other team.

“Matt [Lapinskas] and I are team captains this week. They took the scores from the leaderboard, we were split into two teams and had to pick our skaters – it was horrible.

“Keith is brilliant. I love Keith. He brings an element of fun to the show and he enjoys every minute of it.

“He always wants to try something harder.”

Beth, Bootle-born Keith and Corrie star Samia Ghadie will face EastEnder Matt, rugby star Gareth Thomas and boxer Luke Campbell.

Both teams will compete for the chance to have their judges’ scores doubled, potentially keeping them safe from the skate-off for another week.

Beth said: “It is a case of getting through each show.

“Hopefully you never have to use your ‘save-me’ skate but you still have to make it as good.

“There are three of us each week battling it out – myself, Matt and Gareth are bumping each other around the top of the leaderboard.

“There is a real competitive element coming out but we all get on really well.”

Beth has impressed with her daredevil antics in the rink and wowed by performing the “whirly bird” and headbanger.

But she has also had the spotlight turned on her for another reason – her split from her financial adviser boyfriend Steve Cryer.

She has found comfort from friend, skating partner and “big brother” Dan Whiston.

And regular trips back home to Merseyside have given her a huge boost.

Beth said: “I love it when I’m on the train and I hear ‘we are now pulling into Liverpool Lime Street’.

“I still go back to the gym to see the girls and my coaches and I have been catching up with my friends.”