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So far this series, the competition itself has been overshadowed by injuries and while many viewers are calling for bosses to axe the show, Dean doesn’t think that is necessary.
Speaking via videolink during a ‘This Morning’ segment, Dean said: “We’ve had some injuries and that’s unfortunate, but skiing is a dangerous sport. Morale is high.”
However, Dean hinted that some of the injuries could be due to a lack of training, as some stars have been missing sessions.
“I train hard, I don’t miss a training session, so I’ve gotten stronger and lost ten or fifteen pounds on this trip so far… and I’m paying attention," he said. "If you don’t do that, yeah, you could end up injuring yourself.
“There have been people of people that have missed training sessions, absolutely. Because of tiredness, but they are not athletes, and aren’t used to being an athlete - I used to be an athlete - I know how important training is… you have to do a certain amount of training in order to do the event, they are very clear on that.
“Everyone passed the minimum, no question.”
“We’re not going to run out of people,” he reassured Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield. “It’s dangerous but it's not anything that should cause the show to be axed in any way shape or form… skiing is dangerous and you need to be careful when you ski.”
Meanwhile, bookies have slashed odds on the show being cancelled after the current series, and bosses are currently carrying out safety checks on the courses used by the celebrity contestants, after being ordered to conduct an urgent safety review.
Beth Tweddle is one of the stars to have been left injured, and the Olympic medallist required surgery after breaking two vertebrae during a training accident.
Beth’s parents issued a statement on her recovery on Wednesday, which read: “Since her surgery, Beth has managed to walk a few steps whilst being assisted by the nursing team.
"She is still very tired from the operation but the medical team are pleased with the progress she is making. At the moment we aren't certain of the timescale for her recovery. We are taking each day as it comes and will update you when there is further news."
See Dean’s full ‘This Morning’ interview here.