Twelve celebrities are taking on the challenge of a new sport in 2022 as they whack on some skates and take to the ice on Dancing on Ice series 14. The ITV show kicked off its first episode on Sunday, January 16th and features a judging panel of greats including Torvill and Dean, Ashley Banjo and Oti Mabuse.
Regan Gascgoine, Liberty Poole, Bez, Kimberly Wyatt, Brendan Cole, Kye Whyte and many more celebrities are giving ice skating their best shot. But there can only be one winner. Here’s more on Kye Whyte’s mum and dad, his BMX career and more explored…
Get to know Dancing on Ice’s Kye Whyte
Kye Whyte is an Olympic BMX racer. He’s been paired with professional ice skater Tippy Packard for the 2022 series and is still a remaining contestant in the series 14 show as of week 6.
He’s 22 years old and hails from Peckham. Kye has been BMX riding since he was three years old and was a silver medallist at the 2020 Summer Olympics. His father, Nigel, co-founded Peckham BMX Club when Kye and his brothers were young.
Judging by Kye’s performances on Dancing on Ice so far, it seems that he’s not only talented in BMX but on the ice, too.
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Kye’s dad encouraged him into sport
Kye has seen huge success as a BMX racer and at 22 years old he already has an Olympic medal under his belt.
A lot of his success came from the support and guidance of his father as per a 2022 interview with The Mirror. Kye said that his dad was “strict” when he was young and that his father has tried every sport going, so if he didn’t do BMX it would have been another sport.
As per The Mirror interview, Kye also credits his dad for pushing him in the direction of sport as many people he knew were “sucked into gang life“.
Speaking of his son’s success in 2021, Kye’s dad, Nigel, said to ITV: “The just made history, this is a special moment for the Whytes“.
Kye Whyte’s mum has leukaemia
During Dancing on Ice 2022, Kye’s mum can be seen in the audience supporting her son.
Sadly, his mum, Tracey, is currently battling leukaemia.
In an Instagram post from September 2021, Kye wrote: “Hi guys, this is my mum Tracey hill she birthed me raised me and looked after me well. Right now she is very ill and has been diagnosed with leukaemia I want to ask everyone to pray and have her in your hearts just one thing I’ll beg for anyone to do is just have my mum in your hearts and prayers thank you let’s fight mum.“
Many of Kye’s followers commented on the post sending their prayers and wishes to his mum.
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