Dancing On Ice continues on ITV on Sunday but this week Kye Whyte will be absent after suffering an injury as a result of an “unfortunate accident.”

The 22-year-old Olympian and his professional partner, Tippy Packard, will miss this week’s performance as he is thought to have sprained his knee when rehearsing.

Whyte won a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Games last summer, making him the winner of Team GB’s first ever BMX medal. The event has been part of the Olympic programme since 2008.

He said: “It’s an unfortunate accident. I’ve trained and worked hard with Tippy to perform this weekend.”

“For me, as an athlete, I’m used to stuff like this happening where you get injured and can’t compete.

“I’m more sad for Tippy, she’s worked hard so not being able to skate is obviously upsetting.

“We both really wanted to do this number, it’s a cool performance and we put a lot of effort into it.”

He added: “I was so happy and excited for everyone when they skated last weekend. I was watching and couldn’t wait to skate this Sunday. I’ll be there cheering everyone on!”

S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens will finally take to the ice alongside her professional partner Brendyn Hatfield this weekend for Movie Week, after she was unable to skate in last week’s show due to a wrist injury she sustained last month.

A spokesperson from Dancing on Ice said: “During rehearsals for this Sunday’s show, Kye fell on the ice and sustained an injury and will therefore not perform in this weekend’s show.”

Former England rugby player Ben Foden was the first celebrity contestant to be eliminated from the ITV show.

Dancing On Ice will next air on Sunday January 30 at 6pm on ITV.