Dancing On Ice 2021 star Graham Bell has expressed his hope that his original partner Yebin Mok will be able to return to the competition in a few weeks after she suffered a horrific injury.
Days before the new series launched on ITV, it was announced that Yebin, 36, had been accidentally stabbed in the leg by a skate blade, the cut running so deep that it ‘showed her tendons’.
Fortunately for the American figure skater, the blade did not cut any nerves, bone, vessels or tendons in her leg, which she said has been described as a ‘miracle’.
Following her accident, Yebin has been temporarily replaced by Karina Mantra as Graham’s partner, with his first routine of the competition being delayed to this coming weekend to give him time to train.
Graham, 55, recalled how ‘stressful’ it was when Yebin first became injured, stating: ‘That was very stressful and the news that she was going to be okay and be able to recover and get back into the show, provided that I stay in, is great.’
The former Olympic skier said that he and Karina have been ‘starting to gel’ as partners, which he is feeling ‘pretty happy’ about.
‘For the bad things that went on, I think that we are bouncing back. It felt like we were flying high, we were just a week away from week one,’ he said.
‘We were ready to go, everything prepared and then ‘boom’, an injury like that, and suddenly we were struggling, really struggling, to hang (on) to the show.’
Graham added that he now feels ‘more confident’ going into the weekend, where he will deliver his first full routine.
‘Then we can build from there and hopefully Yebin will be back for week four, if not week five, if I am still there,’ he said.
Last week, Yebin provided her Instagram followers with an update on her condition.
Sharing a picture of herself giving a thumbs up to the camera from a hospital bed, she wrote: ‘Just massive thank you [to] the staff of Watford hospital! Doctors, surgeons, nurses, scrub nurses, operating team, anesthetists, urgent care, recovery care.
‘So grateful for the care I received. And my leg is feeling so much better already thanks to them.’
Despite it only being early days, Dancing On Ice 2021 has seen several of its stars experience setbacks with unpleasant injuries.
Days before making her debut in the competition, Myleene Klass injured both of her knees, admitting that she feels ‘embarrassed’ over the incident.
Just before the season’s launch, Denise Van Outen experienced partial dislocation of her left shoulder after falling face first during training.
Nonetheless, she still managed to make it out onto the ice on Sunday evening to perform an upbeat routine to Tina Turner’s Proud Mary, landing at the bottom of the leaderboard.
Dancing On Ice returns on Sunday at 6pm on ITV.
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