Dancing On Ice star Libby Clegg was warned not to take part in ITV show

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Paralympic champion Libby Clegg reduced skating legend Christopher Dean to tears when she took to the ice last weekend.

The spring gold medallist performed with her professional partner, Mark Henretty, and made history as the first blind contestant on Dancing On Ice.

Christopher, 61, was overcome when he watched the mum-of-one skate, describing her as “inspirational”.

Libby’s hard work in training had clearly paid off as Libby was awarded sevens from all the judges.

She admitted she and pro-partner, Mark, had put in “so much hard work” to get her to the level she is performing at.

Libby wowed the judges and fans at home with she took to the ice with pro partner, Mark
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Libby suffers from the deteriorating eye condition Stargardt’s Macular Degeneration, which means she only has slight peripheral vistion in her left eye.

But despite being registered blind, Libby has proved she can achieve anything she sets her mind to.

And the 29-year-old from Stockport, in Greater Manchester, is hoping her steely resolve will lead her to victory on the rink in Dancing On Ice.

She was determined not to be the first person voted out of the ITV competition and won a legion of new fans during her first performance.

Libby has even claimed her disability has given her an advantage over the other celebs taking part.

Libby is a Paralympic champion
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She explained: “I can’t see so don’t feel dizzy or nauseous when I do spins.

“Although I can’t watch my partner demonstrate moves on the ice, I have great hearing so listen to his skates and try to mimic the clicks, scrapes and foot placements I hear.

“I count the number of strides it takes to reach the barrier of the rink so I don’t just fly into it. And, touch wood, I’ve not had any injuries. I don’t suffer things other people do.”

But there was one man who warned to double Paralympic champion not to take part in the hit ITV show – her own coach, Paula Dunn.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Libby explained: “Paula expressed it’s really not the best year to do it and I completely agree with her, but these opportunities don’t come around very often. I felt like if I didn’t take it I’d regret not doing it.

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“I weighed up the options and it gives me an opportunity to get myself in front of a different audience and open other doors for me.

“I’ve got a son now so I need to think about financially making the most of situations.”

Libby is engaged to fellow Paralympian, Dan Powell, a judoka, who is also no stranger to reality TV.

Last year he competed in ITV’s Ninja Warrior UK assault course.

And in April last year the couple had an adorable addition to their family, their adorable baby son, Edward.

  • Dancing On Ice is on ITV tonight at 6pm.

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