Strictly Come Dancing: Jade Johnson quits with knee injury after BBC say she cannot continue


She wept in front of millions of viewers after an agonising injury left her Strictly Come Dancing dreams in tatters.

And Olympic hopeful Jade Johnson has now had to quit the show after being unable to perform for a second week in a row.

She sustained a ligament injury in the dress rehearsal before last week's show when she heard her knee 'pop' as she tried to get up.

'I'm so so upset that I'm not able to dance,' she said this evening.

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Quitting: Olympic hopeful Jade Johnson has been forced to pull out of Strictly Come Dancing with a knee injury

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Physio: The long jumper is 'gutted' to leave and had been having treatment all week in the hope that she could return

She said: 'I'm a competitor and I don't give up easily so I'm absolutely gutted that it means that I can't continue dancing in the show.

'I've had a great time and really enjoyed learning to dance, and I am going to miss training with Ian (Waite) who has been a fantastic partner.

'I'd like to thank all of the people at home who have been supporting me right the way through.'

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Jade and partner Ian Waite chat to Tess Daly after pulling out

The 29-year-old, who hopes to compete in the London 2012 Olympics in the long jump, was seen by more than 10 million fans with tears streaming down her face last Saturday after her knee 'popped' out of its joint during rehearsals for the Tango.

She pulled out of the BBC1 show amid fears that continuing in the competition could jeopardise her long term career.

The long jumper, a two-times Commonwealth Games and European Championship silver medallist, is targeting a podium finish at the 2012 Olympics in London.

She stepped out of the running after a BBC physio and her management team advised her against taking part.

Jade Johnson was in tears after injuring her knee during practice for Strictly Come Dancing

Devastated: Jade had to sit out last week after injuring her knee

A BBC spokeswoman said: 'Following Jade's injury last week, the BBC and Jade's management,  after considering all of the medical advice, have decided that she should not dance in this week's show.

'This sadly means that she will no longer be able to compete in the series.

'Jade has been a fantastic contestant and we are very sad to see her go.'

Doctors advised her to pull out of performing last week after she heard her knee pop when she tried to get up after dancing during the dress rehearsal.

At the time, looking tired, with puffy eyes, she said: 'I heard a loud sound and straight away felt pain.

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Jade has been asked by Tess to return for the final and perform the Tango

'I'm panicking a bit. Am I going to be able to start back training for my long jump in January?'

On Friday night she revealed she still wanted to dance and there was conflict with the BBC team over whether she could dance.

'I’ve seen my physio a lot this week, he’s positive and we’ve been working together. But the BBC doesn’t think I’ll be to dance.

'But the BBC physios don’t think I’ll be able to do dance, so there’s a bit of conflict.'

Her dance partner Ian Waite revealed it had been a 'nightmare' week, saying: 'I’ve been on the end of the phone at home waiting to hear and the not knowing has been so stressful.

'It’s taken a lot of energy out of me, and at the end of the day we still don’t know what is going to happen.'

The decision for her to withdraw from the competition was not made until just hours before tonight's show.

Jade Johnson and her dance partner Ian Waite will perform in this week's Strictly Come Dancing after the athlete was given the all-clear

Reversal of fortune: Jade had been scoring highly in the weeks before her injury

A show source said: 'Jade had been adamant throughout the week that she was going to stay on Strictly, but our medical experts advised her against it. 

'She has refused to make a decision, which is very difficult for production. Jade is devastated.'

A BBC spokeswoman said:  'We want to give Jade every chance to be able to perform on Saturday’s show but we want to ensure that it is safe for her to do so.

Jade Johnson puts ice on her knee

Setback: Jade's knee 'popped' during dress rehearsal

'Her physio has advised that she will be able to dance, our physio has advised that she shouldn’t, Jade wants to dance

'We are looking at the difference in opinion in detail before a final decision is made.'

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