Cheryl Burke, Sam Champion Dealing with ‘DWTS’ Injuries
Dancing with the Stars pro dancer Cheryl Burke recently shared that she and her Season 31 partner Sam Champion have been working through some injuries as the competition kicks off. The longtime pro talked about it on a recent episode of her podcast, Burke in the Game.
Cheryl Burke, Sam Champion Deal with DWTS Injuries
During her podcast last week, Burke said she “kind of twisted my ankle a little bit.” She added that Champion might be working “too hard,” explaining that he’s “really pushing his body that he’s a little bit injured.”
Burke shared that Champion’s “right hip is bothering him,” so she suggested he use a Theragun, which she said has “saved my life” during her time on the show. She explained that the tool “relieves a lot of scar tissue.”
Champion, 61, is a weather anchor on Good Morning America. During last week’s DWTS premiere on Disney+, he and Burke danced a Foxtrot to “Hold Me Closer” by Britney Spears and Elton John. The pair earned a combined score of 20 from the judges and made it through to the next round.
The Pair Is Preparing for Their Next Dance
Burke teased her and Champion’s next performance on social media over the weekend. For Elvis Night, the pair will be dancing the Viennese Waltz. The dancer wrote that the week “hasn’t been easy,” but added that they’re “finally ready” to show off their dance.
“The premise of @dancingwiththestars is to turn your celebrity with no dance experience into a ballroom dancer and I must admit that Sam is the definition of what this show is all about and he is improving every single day,” Burke wrote on Instagram. “I’m proud to be on this journey with Sam for my 26th season and look forward to performing for all of you as well.”
Burke shared that she and Champion will be the third pairing to dance on Monday night’s show. You can watch them perform on Disney+ at 8 p.m. ET, and cast your votes while the show is airing.