Who is Lauren Steadman? Meet the Strictly Come Dancing 2018 contestant and athlete

The Paralympian has been announced as one of the Strictly line-up.

Strictly Come Dancing is back! The BBC has revealed that Lauren Steadman will be stepping out on the dancefloor this year – get to know her a little better.

Revealed as a Strictly contestant: Lauren Steadman was announced as the 13th Strictly contestant during The One Show on Monday, August 20.

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Age: 25

Occupation: Paralympic athlete

Best known for: Lauren is a hugely successful athlete who has competed at the Beijing, London and Rio Paralympics.

She began competing as a swimmer, but after the London games changed her sport to triathlon and won a silver medal in Rio.

Lauren is a six-time European Champion and has been named World Champion in the Paratriathlon three times.

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Just a week before Strictly began, she defend her World Championship title on Australia’s Gold Coast and came away with the gold medal for a third time.

The athlete was born with her lower right arm missing, but told The One Show that she was not planning on using a prosthetic limb for Strictly as she doesn’t usually for sport.

 

She said: “I still don’t think it has properly sunk in that I’m actually going to be part of this year’s Strictly! I have loved the show since I was young and it’s a huge thing to tick off my bucket list.

“I’m more nervous about being on stage, performing live and in front of the judges than I am about the Elite Paratriathlon Grand Final next month! But I’m up for the challenge and excited to swap my triathlon kit for dancing shoes and sequins.”

Strictly partner: AJ Pritchard

Weekly dances and scores:

 

Week 1 - Waltz to Kissing You by Des'ree - 25

Week 2 - Charleston to New Rules by Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox - 22

Week 3 - Cha Cha to the Fame theme - 20

Week 4 - Quickstep to If You're Over Me by Years and Years - 25

Week 5 - Couple's Choice: Contemporary to Runnin' by Naughty Boy feat. Beyonce - 24

Week 6 - Paso Doble to Poison by Nicole Scherzinger - 29

 

Week 7 - Jive to Girlfriend by Avril Lavingne - 31

Week 8 - Viennese Waltz to You Are the Reason by Calum Scott and Leona Lewis - 34

Week 9 - Argentine Tango to River by Bishop Briggs - 25

Week 10 - Salsa to Familiar by Liam Payne and J Balvin - 23, Lindy Hop-a-thon - 1 (out of 7), combined total - 24

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

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