Unfortunately, Channel 4’s Reality TV show, The Jump, has become synonymous with broken bones and strained ligaments. In fact, the Alpine endeavours of last year’s celebrities led to such a roll call of injuries that there were cries for it to be suspended. After Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle broke her neck in two places and feared that she would never walk again, even the adrenaline junkie fans thought enough was enough. However, even though dare-devil ski jumper Eddie(the Eagle) Edwards, has distanced himself from the show over Health & Safety concerns, a stable of Reality TV stars, Sportsmen and TV personalities have signed up for this year’s challenge.
Unfortunately for the producers, although it is great PR, news has come from inside the training camp that one contestant has already been injured. 32-year-old Josie Gibson, best known for presenting Channel 5’s magazine programme OK! TV has hit her head and sprained her knee.
The producers are, however, keen to point out that all of the participants do go through a lengthy training regime to build their confidence, stamina and fitness levels, but novices like Josie are always likely to find the format challenging. Even Olympic athletes, used to the rigours of competitive sport have been warned not to get involved in the show, for fear of halting their career, although that hasn’t stopped one of the country’s greatest sportsmen, Sir Bradley Wiggins from taking part this year. Josie confirmed that her injury was not sustained on the ski-jump obstacle itself but on a minor slope, which whilst confirming that she wasn’t being pushed beyond her capabilities is a real indicator that she may have bitten off more than she can chew in this game.
Gibson is not a stranger to Reality TV, which is why the producers would have been keen to sign her up, and will be doing everything possible to patch her up. In 2010 she entered Big Brother, on its final outing on Channel 4, and ended up winning the show with 77.5% of the public vote, a feat yet to be matched on any BB series. With this sort of popular support she will be seen as a real asset to the show. Josie will certainly be hoping that her reunion with Davina McCall, who presented Big Brother when Josie won, will be as rewarding as it was back in the day, but something suggests skis are not as forgiving as Diary Room chats.