12 January 2020 22:38
Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from ChronicleLive - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Dancing on Ice history was made on Sunday night when gold medal winning Paralympian Libby Clegg became the show's first ever blind contestant and she was praised by everyone for being a total inspiration. Champion Libby represented Team GB in the 2008 summer Paralympics and scooped a Silver medal in the T12 100m race. At the Rio games she went even further and won a gold medal in the T11 200m. In her Dancing on Ice VT, Lobby said she wanted "to be on here and look good. And I don't want to look good just for being a blind person; I want to look good because I'm good." Well Libby, who has an MBE, certainly achieved her goal as she and professional skating partner Mark Hanretty got 28/40 for their debut routine to Jackie Wilson's Reet Petite - the highest mark of the series so far.
Choking back the tears, Olympic legend and judge Christopher Dean told the 29-year-old "I hope in your mind's eye, you can see what we see." John Barrowman told Libby, who only gave birth nine months ago, and partner Mark "I was seriously impressed," with Ashley Banjo blown away by their speed over the ice. And Dancing on Ice viewers at home were fully of admiration for Libby too. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now Tweeting Libby, one fan posted " @LibbyClegg what an amazing inspirational lady you are well done I loved the performance," and another reacted "Incredible routine from @LibbyClegg you're an inspiration to everyone." Echoing those sentiments, a third viewer tweeted "Absolutely blooming amazing!!! Best of the night by a mile. What an inspiration Libby is!! Boundaries, what boundaries?!