BMX star Kye Whyte is swapping his bike for a pair of skates in the New Year.
The Team GB hero has been announced as part of the lineup for Dancing on Ice, with the new series set to air on ITV early in 2022.
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The Team GB star was part of a cycling squad which pushed BMX into the mainstream this summer[/caption]
Here’s all you need to know about the Prince of Peckham…
Who is Kye Whyte?
Born in September 1999, the 22-year-old began riding BMX when he was just three.
Riding runs in the family, with his father Nigel a co-founder of the famous Peckham BMX Club.
It was from here that Whyte got his ‘Prince of Peckham’ nickname and began his ascent from the streets of South London to the Tokyo Olympics.
Along with his brother Tre, the pair joined the Great Britain Cycling Team in 2017.
Whyte won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics[/caption]
But it was a rocky start at national level for Kye, who suffered a brain bleed following a crash and was in an induced coma for five days.
He came back strong though and won a European Championship silver medal in 2018, before recording his first Supercross World Cup victory in Manchester a year later.
Whyte was part of Team GB’s Olympic team at Toyko 2020 and came away with a silver medal as the Brits took the BMX events by storm.
He was edged out by Dutch star Niek Kimmann in a thrilling contest, with his exploits helping to BMX thrust into the mainstream as an enthralled public watched back home.
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Dancing on Ice 2022 lineup
On October 7, it was announced that Whyte will appear on the next series of ITV’s Dancing on Ice.
The show can be a daunting prospect for some, but ‘fearless’ Kye is confident his past experience on roller-skates will give him a valuable head-start.
He told CBBC’s Newsround: “I roller-skated when I was younger so we’ll see how it goes.
The 22-year-old from Peckham will now strut his stuff on the ice early next year[/caption]
“When I did the audition I kind of related it to roller-skating so I think I did pretty well… I think the thing I’m really confident about is I don’t really mind if I fall, I’m quite fearless.
“My dad and my brother both roller-skate so I think they’re excited.
“I think I can win Dancing On Ice. I’d love to see if I can make the final because I’m very competitive.”
The BMX star is the final celebrity to join the show, along with:
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