'Strictly completely engulfs every aspect of your life' - Olympian Greg Rutherford
Published 21/11/2016 | 12:00
Olympic long jumper Greg Rutherford has said that Strictly Come Dancing "completely engulfs every aspect of your life."
Rutherford became the latest celebrity to leave the show on Sunday.
He said it was "horrible" to be departing after he lost out in the dance-off to gymnast Claudia Fragapane, with a score of 32 for his quickstep with partner Natalie Lowe.
Rutherford, who recently turned 30, said: "It's horrible, I mean it's something that completely engulfs your life and every aspect – I mean I am training 10 to 12 hours a day – I have been putting all my heart and soul into it."
"I would like to think I was getting better and improving but obviously not. It's a very, very tough year this year, there are some exceptional dancers and I knew I was never as good as those guys but I was going to try as hard as I possibly could to get as close as I could."
"Sadly for me it's finished now. I'm gutted. I spend all my time with Natalie at the moment, we have such a great partnership and such a great friendship that now I know on Monday morning I won't be doing that now and that's difficult."