Peterborough gymnast Louis Smith is pouring heart and soul into the new challenge in front of him - winning the famous globe trophy on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
The 23-year-old athlete has gone straight from years of devoted and rigorous training for his daring Olympic pommel horse routine to five hours a day on the dance floor as he prepares for his Strictly debut this weekend.
His Strictly training is described as “full on” for five hours a day every day, as his professional dance partner Flavia Cacace teachers him all the steps and moves needed for the ballroom.
While many national reports dwell on the romantic interest in the silver and bronze Olympic medallist’s life, those close to him insist he only has eyes for a Strictly triumph.
With the deadline for the first show - a two-night special over Friday and Saturday - fast approaching Louis is expected to perform a cha cha cha as his debut dance.
He said: “The cha cha cha is really hard work because it’s so quick.
“I haven’t quite nailed the routine. It’s not really my dancing skill set.”
Series 10 of Strictly Come Dancing begins on BBC1 on Friday, 4th October at 9pm, continuing on Saturday at 6.30pm.