Ah the joys of being a dancer, Ricki Lake is finding them out all too well. She was the first of the celebrity contestants on Dancing With the Stars to sustain an injury, but she says it will not cost her time on the dance floor.
Okay we jest, but so did Ricki, when she tweeted a photo of her injury to her fans yesterday.
Lake, 42, sustained a bruise that popped up on her shin during a practice with partner Derek Hough.
She tweeted, “Look at my first injury! Don’t know how it happened.”
Lake is considered a favorite to win the dancing competition. She has considerable dance experience, having played the role of Traci in Hairspray and doing all her own moves for the film.
She then went on to famously host her own talk show, The Ricki Lake Show, for eleven years. She will return to talk television in 2012 with again, The Ricki Lake Show, which she stated, “will have more of an Oprah-like format than her previous series.”
But we digress–back to the injury. Lake later spoke to TMZ and elaborated on her boo boo. “I injured myself yesterday by hitting my heel into my shin. I’m fine.”
Dancing With the Stars celebrities have not always been lucky with their injuries. Just last year, Ralph Macchio hurt his knee so badly it jeopardized his chance at the mirrorball trophy, with him getting eliminated towards the very end of the competition. Kirstie Alley fell several times and her partner Maxim also sustained injuries as well. Singer Jewel had to bow out due to an early injury (she was replaced by rodeo husband Ty Murray) and Nancy O’Dell also sustained an injury that put her dancing career to an early end.
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