Posted on 15 December 2013
The fun of winter sports will be thrust into the limelight in the New Year, with the launch of a TV series that sees celebrities compete against each other on the slopes – hopefully inspiring viewers to do the same and perhaps invest in a property in the Alps.
In Channel 4’s ‘The Jump’, 12 famous faces from the worlds of sport, film, television, music and fashion will go head to head in six winter sporting disciplines. This includes five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave, who has been preparing for the challenge of a live ski jump.
The female competitors include socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, pop star Sinitta, Essex girl Amy Childs, former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, broadcaster Anthea Turner and TV presenter Melinda Messenger.
The daring men joining Sir Steve are ex-England cricket legend Darren Gough, comedian Marcus Brigstocke, celebrity hairdresser Nicky Clarke, socialite and party promoter Henry Conway and Sam Jones AKA Flash Gordon.
The 12 competitors will need nerves of steel as they compete in some of the most terrifying winter sports including skeleton, bobsleigh, speed skating, skier cross and slalom. Winter Olympic skier Graham Bell and Winter Olympic skeleton gold medallist Amy Williams will be on hand during the events, alongside legendary Winter Olympian Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards, as each night two of the celebrities will face a live ski jump to keep their place in the competition.
Eddie said: “This competition is as much about mental strength as it is about physical agility. Winter sports are tough to master – it takes skill, guts and determination to get round a course. The ultimate test will be The Jump itself. I know how hard it can be when the world is watching.”
The Jump will air on Channel 4 for 9 nights in early 2014 and will be presented by Davina McCall and Alex Brooker.
Davina added: “Skiing is tough enough to learn as it is, so what these guys are taking on is really impressive – it’s shaping up to be butt-clenchingly exciting!”
Alex also said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be involved with The Jump. The closest I’ve come to a winter sport is sledging and I wasn’t great at that. I can’t wait to see how the celebrities fare. It’s going to be nerve-wracking!”