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Dancing On Ice’s Graham Bell admits he’s scared of hurting new pro Karina Manta

‘I feel terrible about it’: Dancing On Ice’s Graham Bell admits he’s scared of hurting new pro partner Karina Manta after Yebin Mok ‘lacerated’ her leg

Dancing On Ice star Graham Bell has admitted that he’s scared of hurting new pro Karina Manta after his former partner Yebin Mok ‘lacerated’ her leg in rehearsals.  

The former Olympic skier, 55, was initially partnered up with Yebin, 36, for the ITV skating show, but she was hospitalised after he accidentally fell over with his skate ripping into her leg and exposed her tendons. 

Speaking in a new interview, Graham insisted that he takes ‘full responsibility’ for Yebin’s injury and that he ‘feels terrible’. 

Fears: Dancing On Ice star Graham Bell has admitted that he’s scared of hurting new pro Karina Manta (pictured) after his former partner Yebin Mok ‘lacerated’ her leg in rehearsals 

He told The Mirror: ‘You’ve got these toe picks on the front which dug into the ice when I fell, so that really sharp sticking-out back to the blade, that’s what did all the damage. You can see it’s going to go in pretty deep.’

Graham added: ‘What happened to Yebin was obviously all my fault. I’d even said to her before, “If I fall don’t try to catch me or anything, just let me go and save yourself”.’

The star said that he ‘must have’ tripped Yebin over as he fell on his stomach with the pro then landing onto the back of his skate.  

Ouch: The former Olympic skier, 55, was initially partnered up with Yebin, 36, for the ITV skating show, but she was hospitalised after he accidentally fell over with his skate ripping into her leg and exposed her tendons

Ouch: The former Olympic skier, 55, was initially partnered up with Yebin, 36, for the ITV skating show, but she was hospitalised after he accidentally fell over with his skate ripping into her leg and exposed her tendons 

He added: ‘I feel terrible about it. My fear going into this was that I’d fall and hurt my pro. For me it was the worst thing that could happen. And it’s already happened. So it can’t happen again, right?’

As a result of her injury, Yebin is expected to be out of the competition for several weeks.

Graham is hoping that the same thing won’t happen again with his new pro partner Karina Manta, 24, with viewers seeing the two in action for the first time on Sunday night’s live show.

'Terrible': Speaking in a new interview, Graham insisted that he takes 'full responsibility' for Yebin's injury and that he 'feels terrible' as the pro recovers

‘Terrible’: Speaking in a new interview, Graham insisted that he takes ‘full responsibility’ for Yebin’s injury and that he ‘feels terrible’ as the pro recovers 

The sportsman had previously recalled the ‘nerve-wracking hours’ after Yebin was taken into hospital and how they anxiously waited to know the extent of her wounds.

He told MailOnline: ‘There was a really nerve wracking two hours when Yebin was getting looked at and stitched up and I was really worried about what the prognosis would be and I thought if there is any nerve damage she will take ages to recover.

‘I was really, really worried that would be it and that Yebin was out of it altogether.’

Responsibility: Graham added: 'What happened to Yebin was obviously all my fault. I'd even said to her before, "If I fall don't try to catch me or anything, just let me go and save yourself".'

Responsibility: Graham added: ‘What happened to Yebin was obviously all my fault. I’d even said to her before, “If I fall don’t try to catch me or anything, just let me go and save yourself”.’ 

Thankfully, Yebin is recovering well from her injury at her home in Manchester and is still helping to train Graham from afar with the use of videos on his phone.

Graham previously spoke of his desire to earn enough public votes, as he stays motivated to dance with Yebin again – who hopes to have recovered in four weeks.

He said: ‘If I stay in the show then I know I can get Yebin back. My motivation is to stay in the show and get her back because one of the things with this year in particular is that everyone has spent a lot more one on one with their pro.

Worries: Graham is hoping that the same thing won't happen again with his new pro partner Karina Manta, 24, with viewers seeing the two in action for the first time on Sunday night's live show

Worries: Graham is hoping that the same thing won’t happen again with his new pro partner Karina Manta, 24, with viewers seeing the two in action for the first time on Sunday night’s live show

‘There is a really solid bond there. It isn’t just dance partner it is dancer partner plus coach. She is the one that has done all my coaching – any skills I have has come from her.

‘Karina and I have been filming our routines and sending them to Yebin, she has a look at them and I will call her and show her other things.

‘Yebin wanted to come back for show two but she wouldn’t have her stitches out by then, which would have been too soon.

‘I was adamant that if Karina comes in she’s coming in as a stand in until Yebin is fit and provided I stay in the show. Karina is totally happy with that as well.’

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