Dancing On Ice 2024 profile Greg Rutherford

Dancing On Ice 2024 star Greg Rutherford in profile – ‘Postponed’ wedding, £4m net worth and ‘tough’ Strictly stint

Will sporting legend add Dancing On Ice gold to his medal success?

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The Dancing On Ice 2024 line-up of contestants includes long jump legend Greg Rutherford.

Olympian Greg, 37, will forever be remembered for his gold medal heroics during London 2012. His career highlight win came on that tournament’s Super Saturday, the zenith of the host nation’s achievements that year which saw Great Britain claims six golds on the day.

But the Milton Keynes-born star athlete also bagged gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2014 and 2016 European Athletics Championships, and 2015 World Athletics Championships.

During the 2016 Summer Olympics, Greg brought home bronze – his final major medal. Greg was dogged by ankle injuries after that, and he retired in 2018.

Greg Rutherford celebrates
Greg Rutherford is a British Olympic legend (Credit: YouTube)

However, despite retiring from the sport that made his name, Greg has continued to feature in several light entertainment shows.

And now, alongside pro skater Vanessa James, Greg finds himself tipped to thrive on the rink for Dancing On Ice. Indeed, one oddsmaker reckons Greg could be the second favourite to win, priced at 4/1.

Here’s what you need to know about Dancing On Ice celeb Greg Rutherford, as ED! provides answers to the questions most frequently Googled about him.

Dancing On Ice 2024: Greg Rutherford profile

Wasn’t there talk about Greg Rutherford making a sporting comeback?

Greg’s name was previously linked to possibly joining Britain’s bobsleigh team for the 2022 Winter Olympics. However, any hopes Greg may have had to do so reportedly ended after he apparently suffered a shoulder injury.

But it seems this reported disappointment for Greg may have opened the door for him to participate in DOI 2024.

A DOI insider reportedly told The Sun last September amid casting speculation: “Greg was gutted after his Olympic dreams were derailed. But it basically freed up his calendar so when the Dancing On Ice offer came along, he decided to chat with bosses.

Dancing On Ice 2024 contestant Greg Rutherford speaks
Greg Rutherford ‘laser-focused on going all the way’ (Credit: YouTube)

“As an athlete, he loves having something to focus on and a project to train for. So this will give him something to channel his competitive spirit into.”

Additionally, the source was said to have rated former Strictly Come Dancing star Greg’s chances of success on the ice rink.

They apparently continued: “Ice skating is arguably more athletic than ballroom dancing, so Greg should really come into his own on the show. He’ll put the hours into training and be laser-focussed on going all the way.”

When did Greg Rutherford do Strictly Come Dancing?

Greg partnered up with Natalie Lowe for the challenge of Strictly in 2016. That series also included the celebrity likes of Ed Balls and Louise Redknapp. Ore Oduba won the series.

Greg and Natalie made it to week nine, but lost out in the dance off during the Blackpool show. They made it further in the BBC One dance show competition than couples that included celebs such as Naga Munchetty, Laura Whitmore, and Daisy Lowe.

He reflected on his elimination: “It’s horrible, 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.”

Greg Rutherford sits with Susie
Greg Rutherford and Susie Verrill share three children together (Credit: YouTube)

Did Greg Rutherford win Celebrity MasterChef?

Other telly appearances from Greg over the years have included The Great Sport Relief Bake Off, and Celebrity MasterChef. Greg won the 2019 series, demonstrating his culinary superiority over the likes of Joey Essex, Judge Jules, Oti Mabuse, and Adam Woodyatt.

The same year he also took part in BBC Two’s Pilgrimage, following an ancient route to Rome with other celebs. He revealed he had been brought up with faith, but considered himself non-religious.

Is Greg Rutherford still a Jehovah Witness?

He said around the time Pilgrimage aired on TV he was not “affiliated” to any religion.

Greg shared: “I was brought up in a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses and that’s been fairly well documented in the press. I’m not practising now, however.”

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Is Greg Rutherford married?

Greg and his partner Susie Verrill shared two sons – Milo and Rex – and a daughter – Daphne – together. Social media influencer Susie and Greg reportedly started dating in 2012. They postponed their nuptials in May 2023 due to “the loss of someone so close and important”.

On his Instagram at the time, Greg said: “Today was meant to be our wedding day…

“Due to the loss of someone so close and important we postponed the big day – In typical fashion the UK weather is going to be perfect we’re a bit miffed.

“But we get to plan it all again and hopefully really put together exactly what we want. @susiejverrill I know today will be frustrating, but I love you so much and we’ll have an even better wedding when we finally manage to do it.”

Greg Rutherford health scare

Last year, Greg suffered a health scare as his partner Susie rushed him to hospital. She explained that Greg started “screaming” and “clawing at his skin”.

She explained on Instagram at the time: “He ran to our car and while I rang 999 again to say I’d have to take him, we had to run every red light and I had to focus on not crashing while he screamed and tried to grab the wheel…

“He was delirious and I looked like I was kidnapping him. I was on the phone to the 999 call handler and the poor girl just kept saying, ‘OK, yeah he doesn’t sound good, please be safe but hurry.'”

She added: “They pumped him full of steroids and antihistamines and it seemed to work pretty much immediately.”

Greg Rutherford net worth

According to a tabloid report from 2019, Greg may have a net worth of £3.7 million. However, more recent but unsubstantiated claims from idolnetworth.com sees that site make out Greg may be worth $5 million.

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Robert Leigh
Freelance writer