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Jonnie Peacock MBE

Double Paralympic T44 100m Champion


22 September 2017Who is Jonnie Peacock? Everything you need to know about gold winning Paralympic athlete and Strictly Come Dancing 2017 star

Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock is essentially determination personified - having streamlined his own body into a medal winning machine against the odds.

The Team GB star is an inspiration - and something of a heartthrob both on and off the track.

Having wowed at the 2012 London Paralympic games and again in 2016 in Rio, the star is hoping to showcase his dance moves as well as his sportsmanship.

Here is everything you need to know about Strictly 2017 hopeful Jonnie Peacock…

Who is Jonnie Peacock and where is he from?

Jonnie Peacock is a British Paralympic athlete born on 28 May 1993 in Cambridge, England.

The five foot ten inch star has represented Great Britain at two Olympics to date - competing as a sprint runner.

Jonnie contracted meningitis when he was five-years-old and lost his right leg as a consequence of the disease - undergoing an amputation below the knee.

Jonnie Peacock (GBR) wins the Men's 100m T44 finals in Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

What Paralympic medals has athlete Jonnie Peacock won?

Jonnie has scored two gold medals for Team GB at the Paralympics - sprinting to victory in both the 2012 London games and the 2016 Rio games.

He has also scooped gold at IPC world championships and IPC European championships in 2013 and 2017, and 2014 and 2016 respectively - scoring golds at all events in the 100 meters.

In 2013, following his London 2012 success, Jonnie was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire as part of the New Year Honours for his athletics success.

When did Jonnie Peacock compete on Strictly Come Dancing?

Jonnie was revealed to be a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing’s fifteenth series on 21 August 2017.

He was partnered with dance professional Oti Mabuse - with the show beginning to air on 9 September 2017.

Jonnie became the only athlete to join the show for the 2017 series - and the first ever Paralympic star to feature on the show.

Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/paralympics-track-strictlys-dance-floor-11220142