Ben Hanlin 'in agony' after injuring ribs days before 'Dancing On Ice' starts

Julia HuntContributor
Ben Hanlin performs during the Audio and Radio Industry Awards at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.
Ben Hanlin performs during the Audio and Radio Industry Awards at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

Dancing On Ice contestant Ben Hanlin has told fans he has suffered a “big injury” during training that has left him in “agony”.

The magician posted a video on Instagram captioned “Problem!!!!” as he revealed he fell on the ice and “smashed” his ribs.

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The ITV ice-skating show starts on Sunday (January 5) but Hanlin said at this point he is not able to manage some of the lifts with his professional partner Carlotta Edwards because of the pain.

Screengrab from Ben Hanlin's Instagram
Screengrab from Ben Hanlin's Instagram

Showing some strapping around his torso, he told his followers: “We have a problem.

“A couple of days ago I went on the ice just before I came back, I wanted to work off the Christmas turkey.

"I've had a big injury, I've fallen over, I've smashed my ribs and they're all strapped up, and under that strapping I've got more strapping.”

Hanlin said when he was last on the ice he struggled with some of the moves.

“I couldn't lift Carlotta because my ribs are doing me in,” he said.

"I've got until Sunday to get through it, and just do it anyway," he added.

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Hanlin told The Sun the accident happened when he was warming up.

“I was going left and right, hit a toe pick, slammed face first, belly flopped looking like a complete idiot and got up and realised that my ribs hit the ice first,” he said, adding that he has been “in agony” since then,

Hanlin isn’t the first person to hurt themselves on the current series of the ITV show.

Entertainer Michael Barrymore was due to make his TV comeback as a contestant but had to pull out after taking a tumble and breaking his wrist.

He recently updated fans on his condition, saying he was “on the mend”.

“Cast reinforced today and to be removed in just 2 weeks time,” he said on Twitter.

“Thank you to all the wonderful staff at the NHS; this whole process couldn’t have been easier.”

Dancing On Ice starts on January 5.

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