Olympic Medalists Victoria Pendleton and Louis Smith to Star in BBC Reality Show

By Alan Dymock
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At yesterday’s parade through the centre of London, an event thrown for all the medal winners and gamesmakers from the Olympics and Paralympics, it was announced that two medalists would appear on reality television.

Gold medalist at the velodrome Victoria Pendleton will appear in the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing–the show which spawned Dancing with the Stars–alongside pommel horse silver medalist Louis Smith.

Appearing just before today’s parade alongside popular high board diver Tom Daley, Pendleton was asked by the BBC if she could confirm any rumors. “I’m in,” she said with a smile. “It’s official.”

The 31-year-old cyclist, who retired at the end of the Games, also gave confirmation through her agent today. On Twitter a message read “pretty exciting and no doubt she’ll work at it to become a very good dancer. That’s what athletes do.”

The former world champion and multiple medal winner finished the London Games with a gold in the Keirin and a silver in the individual sprint. Smith also won a bronze team gymnastics medal in the men’s artistic team all-around event, to go alongside his pummel horse silver.

He is said to be considering not taking part in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. He is only 23, but is possibly considering giving up on competitive gymnastics. He has also already experienced reality television, having once appeared on the popular talent competition the X Factor.

Sports stars tend to do well in the show, and with the Summer Games being so popular, do not be surprised if one of Pendleton or Smith win the whole thing.

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