Strictlys Jody Cundy opens up on rough year as he details illness and injury

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Strictly Come Dancing hopeful Jody Cundy has opened up about his “rough year” ahead of the 2023 series commencing.

The cyclist defended his title for the 14th time at UCI World Cycling Championships in Glasgow earlier this month, but by his own admission, admitted there had been some personal struggles in the run-up to the event.

The 44-year-old said: “I’ve had a rough year.

“I think it is a culmination of being around for so long and trying to motivate myself all the time.”

Jody went on to say that he suffered from an injury and “illness problems” which kept him off his bike following the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020.

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Despite managing to get back on his bike and going on to win the C4-5 1000m title at the National Track championships back in January, Jody said his performance was “slow and poor”.

In an Instagram post, he added he was “struggling” and wanted help “to find my way back to the old me”.

The post, he added, garnered more attention than any of his other social media shares and prompted many friends he hadn’t spoken to in a while to reach out.

“It was great to have all these different people out there who could offer support and help me get back to my best. I can’t thank everyone enough,” he added to BBC Sport.

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“I am still on the way up, but hopefully these championships will be a nice kick-start to the next phase.”

As well as his health stepback, Jody said being forced to move from Manchester to Derby due to refurbishment work also “added to the upheaval”.

Not one to stay down for long, the gold medallist has thrown himself into training for Strictly Come Dancing.

A challenge isn’t something Jody shies away from having won eight gold medals and 23 world titles under his belt.

In 2021, he also became the first man in Paralympics GB history to win medals at seven different games and was made a CBE for services to cycling last year.

Jody has lived an active life with the help of a prosthetic leg. He was born with a deformed right foot which was amputated at the age of three.

Of his upcoming Strictly stint, the cyclist said the show is “so far away” from what he’s used to, but that he was “looking forward to the challenge”.

He added: “I can’t wait to get stuck in, bring on the glitter and sequins!”

On Monday, he issued an update about his rehearsals for the show ahead of the live shows.

Alongside a picture of him on a train, he wrote: “On the way home again after another fun day with the guys and girls of @bbcstrictly.

“First day of strictlyfication, can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve been up to behind the scenes. #keepdancing #strictly.”

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