Adam Peaty Eliminated From British Dance Show, Reflects On the Experience

Olympic champion Adam Peaty was eliminated from the British dance show Strictly Come Dancing after seven weeks of competition, Sunday night.

He and his professional dance partner Katya Jones performed a jive to “Little Bitty Pretty One” by Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers which earned 27 points, the lowest score of the night by one point. This was a relatively consistent score for the pair who earned 29’s the past two weeks, landing themselves in the dance-off last week where they beat another team to stay in the competition.

As usual, they incorporated a display of Peaty’s athleticism into the foot-work-focused dance: him leaping up onto a pool table.  But, after the public votes were counted, Peaty and Jones were still in the bottom two and had to compete in this week’s dance-off against television presenter and chef Tilly Ramsey and her dance partner Nikita Kuzmin. They each re-performed their dances.

The judges said they had a difficult time choosing who to eliminate, but ultimately Peaty and Jones were voted off.

“I’m so grateful for my time on this show, from the highs of performing in front of millions and the extreme challenge of learning a new routine within 3 days every week,” Peaty wrote on social media Sunday night.

He elaborated on the emotions that spanned swimming, fatherhood, and the competition in general: “I didn’t know how much it meant to me until I got a bit emotional after my dance off; however, I don’t think it was the dancing that pushed me over the edge, but the two years of the constant challenge with myself combined with the energy to win the Olympics and becoming a father at the same time. My emotions are one of my strongest attributes and I’m not ashamed to show that I’m human.”

“…I thought I was ‘ok’ but I am not. We all have to wear a piece of armour to get the job done and it wasn’t until this week that I knew I could let it go. I’m still healing from the trials and tribulations that elite sporting athletes go through but with that I’m also adapting and learning from life…

The next question is: will Peaty compete in the International Swimming League playoffs which kick off November 13th in Eindhoven?

The answer is still unknown. He is on London Roar’s roster, but team manager Sara McMahon told SwimSwam that “Adam is a strong option for us, but (whether he rejoins the team this season) will depend on a few factors including how far he goes with Strictly.”

London Roar made it through the ISL regular season without Peaty, ranking themselves fourth out of the eight teams moving on to the playoffs. Peaty finished the 2020 ISL season as a strong, while not necessarily a monumental, competitor, ranked #44 in the league MVP scoring.

He would be a huge asset to the team to counter 50scm and 100scm breaststroke world record holder Ilya Shymanovich on Energy Standard who just broke the 50 breast record at the European Short Course Championships. London Roar also has Kirill Prigoda, the 200scm breaststroke world record holder, leading their breaststroke squad.

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George Pearson
2 years ago

thought he was doing this for a bit of fun to get an active break post-tokyo, clearly not…

Coach Macgyver
2 years ago

Could have been somebody….

2 years ago

hmm after actually reading the post…. maybe ISL isn’t the best thing for his mental health right now. Go Peaty!

2 years ago

London Roar need a breastroker fairly crtically I’d say… they give away too many points just by not having a decent male breastroker

Reply to  Verram
2 years ago

They most likely would have beat energy one of the matches had peaty been there

2 years ago

What kind of shape is he even gonna be in if he joins Roar in Eindhoven?

Reply to  Troyy
2 years ago

Well he hasn’t exactly been lazy .. dancing is still good cardio work … I think even without proper training he’d still put up times better than what the current Roar breastrokers are putting in

Reply to  Troyy
2 years ago

Rockin’ shape

Mr Piano
Reply to  Troyy
2 years ago

At least 56 low

Reply to  Troyy
2 years ago

Faster then the current breaststrokers roar have which is more then enough

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
2 years ago

**cue the London roar fans**

2 years ago

Go and show Dolphinovich who’s boss

I win, you lose
2 years ago

Perfect timing as always from Mr. Peaty. Time to get those SCM records back💪

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