‘Dancing’ with the stars? More like recuperating with them.


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Injuries bedevil the ballroom dance show. All that grace comes with rigors.

The show is about dancing, for heaven’s sake. How dangerous can it be? Consider this: Before Season 8’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ debuted last week, two celebrity contestants were already on the injured list and off the program.

‘Access Hollywood’ co-anchor Nancy O’Dell suffered a torn meniscus, requiring surgery, and singer Jewel sustained fractures in both tibiae (shinbones). But wait, there’s more: In the current cast, actor Gilles Marini reported a left shoulder injury and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has injured his foot, according to an ABC spokesperson, and was recently photographed wearing a removable cast. And ballroom may have gotten the best of Steve-O, survivor of innumerable outrageous ‘Jackass’ stunts. In a statement he released last week, dancing may be responsible for torn muscles causing inflammation and pinched nerves in his back.


They join a growing and almost alarming list of the show’s previous celebs-turned-dancers who have been injured during practice, rehearsals or taping: Olympic volleyball player Misty May-Treanor ruptured her Achilles tendon, actor Christián de la Fuente ruptured his biceps, actress Susan Lucci sprained her ankle, and singer Marie Osmond fainted on stage.

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-- Jeannine Stein

(Photo: Nancy O’Dell arrives at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)