Last weekend’s stunning high-flying routine has seen Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle receive plenty of attention from punters ahead of Sunday’s Dancing On Ice final.
The London 2012 uneven bars bronze medallist has vaulted to the head of the market since clinching her spot in the showpiece event last weekend, and she is now the 4/5 favourite to become Queen of the Ice ahead of long-time King in waiting Matt Lapinskas.
Ex-Eastender Lapinskas seemingly had a clear run at the title following nine near-flawless weeks, but the rush of bets for Tweddle in the past seven days has seen the actor pushed out to evens and the gymnast spring into the favourite’s position.
There is little doubt that last weekend’s elevated routines performed above the ice played to Tweddle’s advantage, clearly boosting the three-time Olympian’s confidence, standing her in good stead for the final.
The former Wales rugby star Gareth Thomas eventually withdrew from the semi-final due to illness, making last week’s semi-final something of a dead rubber.
With Tweddle’s fellow London 2012 star Luke Campbell a firm outsider in the final at 40/1, that confidence can help the gymnast and her partner Daniel Whiston in both their Showcase routine and a reproduction of their favourite routine of the series so far.
Assuming that Tweddle makes it through to the final two – with the market indicating that it will be boxer Campbell who gets knocked out – it will be a performance of Torvill and Dean’s iconic Bolero which will decide her fate.
Much like her semi-final success this is a routine which will make use of Tweddle’s flexibility and her gymnastic abilities, and the 27-year-old can hope to balance both to deliver a golden success.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.