Who is Libby Clegg? Dancing On Ice 2020 star and Paralympic Champion

LIBBY Clegg may not be able to see – but she has certainly won over viewers of Dancing On Ice 2020.

The talented Paralympian, who has four Paralympic medals under her belt, made it through to the final of the ITV show – here's how she got on.

Who is Libby Clegg?

Libby Clegg is a double gold-winning Paralympian from Scotland.

She was born Elizabeth Clegg on March 24, 1990, in Stockport.

The talented athlete has represented both Scotland and Great Britain throughout her career.

She's appeared at three Paralympic Games – and is hoping to add a fourth at Tokyo 2020.

She was part of Team GB at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing where she won the silver medal for the T12 100 metre race with guide Lincoln Asquith – a feat she repeated at London 2012 with Mikail Huggins.

She went on to win two golds in Rio at the 2016 Paralympic Games with her guide Chris Clarke, one in the 100m T11 and a second in T11 200m.

It was there that she broke the world record for the 200 metres.

She has competed in the T11 and T12 events – T stands for Track and the numbers 11 and 12 are for visual impairment.

T11 is for athletes with the lowest visual acuity and/or no light perception.

Libby was reclassified from T12 to T11 before the Rio games due to deterioration in her sight.

This resulted in her running with a blindfold for the first time to make it a fair playing field.

Among her many accolades, in 2017 Libby was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year Honours list for her services to athletics and charity.

Libby is a qualified massage therapist and shares her story with school groups as well as at corpoarte events.

What is Libby's disability?

Libby has a deteriorating condition in her eyes called Stargardt's Macular Dystrophy.

The symptoms of Stargardt's includes vision loss in childhood or adolescence, light sensitivity and colour blindness.

For most people, vision loss progresses slowly over time to 20/200 or worse but it is rare to become completely blind.

It is an inherited condition and Libby only has relative peripheral vision in her left eye.

She is registered as blind and has a guide dog, Hattie, a black retriever-Labrador cross.

Where did Libby place on Dancing On Ice?

Libby and dance partner Mark Hanretty made it all the way to the final of Dancing On Ice 2020.

They competed against eventual winner Joe Swash and his partner Alex Murphy and hot favourite Perri Kiely with Vanessa Bauer.

Libby and Mark finished in third place.

Her place in the final was almost under threat after she was hit with a vomiting bug and forced to pull out of one episode.

However she made it through and in the final performed her Paralympic-themed skate to perfection, leaving Jayne Torvill in tears.

Is Libby Clegg married?

No, Libby is not married but she has been engaged to fiancé Dan Powell since 2017.

In October 2018 the couple announced they were expecting their first child.

And in April 2019 she gave birth to their son Edward.


Is Libby Clegg on social media?

Yes, she is. You can follow the Paralympic champ @LibbyClegg on Twitter.

The Rio 2016 gold medallist is also on Instagram.

She posts lots of happy family snaps with her guide dog, son and partner – as well as plenty showing her DOI journey.

Libby is also on Facebook.

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