The Dancing On Ice judges suffered the wrath of the audience after giving what they felt was a low score for Paralympian Stef Reid.
Stef made her debut on the ITV competition on Sunday night, skating alongside partner Andy Buchanan to Give It Up by KC and the Sunshine Band using a specially designed prosthetic leg.
Her first performance came hours after she suffered a nasty tumble on ice in rehearsals, but the athlete powered on anyway.
As each judge – Ashley Banjo, Christopher Dean, Jayne Torvill and Oti Mabuse – scored Stef and Andy with a six leading to a total score of 24 out of 40, boos rang out in the studio.
Stef said after the performance: ‘I loved the whole thing, learning how to skate, it’s just been awesome.’
Host Holly Willoughby cut Stef some slack and pointed out that she was skating, not only with a prosthetic leg, but a new blade that was created especially for her.
‘Three months in the making, that’s literally cutting edge stuff,’ Holly said.
Stef weighed in: ‘Truthfully it’s been really hard, there’s not a way forward but as we progressed with it, I found the balance.’
Oti hailed Stef’s achievement on ice as ‘exceptionally inspiring’ and said other little girls would be looking to her as a role model.
Christopher added: ‘Earlier today in rehearsal you took a massive fall in a lift and you just got back up, ran through it again and delivered that performance.’
Stef, 37, is a Paralympic long jumper who competes as part of Team GB, and is a five-time world record holder, reigning world champion (London 2017 long jump), and triple Paralympic medallist in the long jump and 200m sprint.
The athlete lost her right foot in a boating accident when she was 16 years old.
She underwent a lifesaving operation in Toronto which saw her right leg amputated below the knee, meaning she now wears a prosthetic.
Dancing On Ice airs Sunday evenings at 6:30pm.
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