Whilst The Jump isn’t as popular as other television celebrity competition shows, such as Strictly Come Dancing or even Celebrity Big Brother, it does have enough of a following to warrant this fourth series, and it also gives bettors an opportunity to try and make a profit by betting on their predicted winner.
- Bradley Wiggins retired from his impressive career as a professional cyclist in 2016, having been world champion, Olympic champion and Tour de France winner, so he should still be in excellent shape to take on the challenges posed by The Jump. Wiggins is known to be a passionate skier, and he has gone on record as saying that he is approaching his involvement in this show as a sporting challenge and wants to win.
- Louis Smith is a British artistic gymnast who followed up his bronze medal win at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with a silver medal at London 2012. He picked up another silver at the Olympic Games in Rio last summer, making him the only British gymnast to have won a medal in three Games. Smith has form as a television celebrity contestant, having participated in Strictly Come Dancing – and winning that show – in 2012.
- Jason Robinson is a retired rugby player who played under both codes of the sport in the 1990s and 2000s, notching up a total of 70 caps for England and Great Britain. Robinson earned himself the nickname Billy Whizz (after the character of the same name in the Beano comic) thanks to his speedy performance on the pitch, and the 42-year-old will be keen to demonstrate that he can perform just as well on the white stuff.
- Jade Jones might be just 23-years-old, but the Welsh taekwondo athlete has already won gold medals for Great Britain at both London 2012 and Rio 2016. Jones is scheduled to participate in the taekwondo World Championships later this year, so she will need to be careful to avoid injury here so as not to jeopardise her chances as a professional competitor in South Korea in June.
- Other contenders for The Jump 2017 include retired Welsh professional rugby player Gareth Thomas, Made in Chelsea personality Spencer Matthews and British Paralympian Kadeena Cox.
Several competitors in previous seasons of The Jump have had to withdraw from the show after sustaining injuries, which is why Paddy Power are offering even money on there being five or more injury-motivated withdrawals this year. The producers of the show have said that safety measures have been increased in an effort to keep injuries as low as possible, but whether or not those measures do the job remains to be seen.
All of the contestants lined up for this year’s series are extremely competitive and will therefore have plenty of desire to win, but success here will require ability as well as hunger. For that reason, we will side with skiing enthusiast Bradley Wiggins, who has plenty of experience on the slopes and looks to be a worthy favourite.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Bradley Wiggins to Win – 3/1
*Please note that odds may fluctuate.