Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor’s “Dancing With the Stars” status is in question after suffering an injury on Friday, Access Hollywood has confirmed.
“Misty May-Treanor sustained an injury on Friday and received immediate medical attention,” show producers told Access on Saturday in a statement. “Despite previous reports, she did not break her ankle. She is resting comfortably at home. Doctors will reevaluate her condition on Monday and determine the outcome of her participation on the show.”
However, earlier on Saturday, a source close to the show told Access that the volleyball star is out of the competition and will require surgery.
Misty’s injury is the third so far on the show’s latest season – booted comedian Jeffrey Ross suffered a scratched cornea during rehearsal and pro Karina Smirnoff twisted her ankle just before the season seven premiere.
Though the competition is just two weeks old, Misty has already stepped out as a “Dancing” star on the rise.
She consistently received 21 points out of 30 for the host of dances she performed with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
And last week, Misty received some of her highest praise from the judges after performing an intense Paso Doble with Maks.
“Compared to what we [last] saw I want to thank you because that is the kind of determination we need,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba said on Monday’s show, before turning her attention to Maks. “You gave her one of the most ambitious routines in week two, what are you doing?”
And judge Bruno Tonioli also had high praise for Misty.
“It is mighty ‘Xena The Warrior Princess,’” he raved, a reference to how Misty tackled the dance floor in her black costume. “I love your energy, I love what you put into it. You forget the finesse — you put so much power [that] sometimes you stumble a little bit. But you do a good job.”
Backstage, following their performance, Misty told “Dancing” host Samantha Harris, she had been working extremely hard in rehearsals to conquer the ballroom.
“I was frustrated more in myself [during the dance],” she said. “He wants to see the best in me and I want the best out of me.”
Misty and Maks are slated to dance the jive in next week’s competition.
The Olympic champ has pulled double duty in recent weeks, competing on the AVP volleyball tour and training for “Dancing.”
Just two weeks ago, she and partner Kerri Walsh won the $1 million AVP Crocs Cup Shootout in Manhattan Beach, following their earlier victory on September 14 at the AVP Crocs Tour in San Francisco.
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