Dancing on Ice’s Mark Hanretty “forgets” Libby Clegg is blind

The gold-medal-winning Paralympian sprinter is legally blind - but her skills on the ice have led pro-partner Mark to "forget" her condition

Dancing On Ice 2019 - Libby Clegg

Dancing on Ice professional skater Mark Hanretty has revealed that he’s previously “forgotten” that his celebrity partner, Paralympian Libby Clegg, is blind – leading him to leave her “stranded” on the ice rink.

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Appearing on Lorraine on Friday, Hanretty was asked whether he ever forgets about his talented partner’s disability. He confirmed he had, stating: “I’ve forgotten at inopportune times where I have left Libby and realised she is in the middle of the ice rink and left her stranded, so that’s not the best… I do forget because she has so many coping mechanisms.”

Clegg, who appeared to find Hanretty’s admission funny, revealed that to navigate the ice rink she creates a map in her head of “where boundaries and certain obstacles are,” adding: “I just try and memorise all those really small details.”

The gold-medal-winning Paralympian sprinter suffers from a deteriorating eye condition called Stargardt’s Muscular Dystrophy, severely reducing her peripheral vision in her left eye and making her legally blind.

Earlier this month Clegg had to pull out of a Sunday night show due to illness, but has since returned.

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Dancing on Ice airs on Sundays at 6pm on ITV