VIDEO: Mansfield superstar Rebecca Adlington talks pain, work and becoming a mum

Rebecca Adlington has acupuncture to help with the pain and swelling from her injuries on The Jump. Credit: Dave Thompson
Rebecca Adlington has acupuncture to help with the pain and swelling from her injuries on The Jump. Credit: Dave Thompson

Mansfield superstar Rebecca Adlington is tired and in pain as she recovers from a nasty skiing accident on reality TV show The Jump - but she is still smiling as she takes to her new job as a mum.

The Olympic gold medallist swimmer dislocated her shoulder during a crash landing off a 100 metre icy slope whilst practising for the Channel Four winter sports show.

“It was excruciatingly painful for a long period of time,” says Becky, who has had to have an operation following the injury.

The 27-year-old describes how she was left stuck up a mountain waiting to be taken to hospital whilst her shoulder was disconnected.

“I landed on the airbag and flung my arm out in a bad way.

“It dislocated in two places, so they couldn’t just put it back in place there and then.”

She is one of six celebs who have left the show due to injuries - but Becky doesn’t regret taking part.

She says: “I had the best time doing the show. What happened was just an unfortunate accident.”

An MRI scan revealed the damage and three weeks ago, and she had to have surgery.

The recovery will take at least another five weeks, leaving her arm in a sling, unable to pick up her nine-month-old daughter, Summer.

She is also having regular acupuncture to minimise the pain and swelling.

“I have been having it since I swam in the 2012 Olympics.

“But I have had it for my injuries from The Jump. It’s a great form of treatment.”

The two-time gold medallist, who retired from swimming three years ago, is currently enjoying balancing working life and motherhood.

She describes becoming a mum as “life changing” and “incredible”.

“Apart from the fact that you’re tired a lot, it is a very different job,” she says.

“It’s amazing how much you fall in love, it’s wonderful.”

And Becky is already feeling guilty about leaving the baby behind in August as she heads off to be a commentator at the Rio Olympics.

Summer will stay at home with her dad, former swimmer, Harry Needs.

“It’s natural for me to feel guilty, but I am doing it to give her a better life. ”

Summer is already a water baby, and has been visiting the pool since she was just three weeks old.

“It’s a bit too early to tell if she will take it up as a career,” says Becky. “But I will definitely make sure she can swim.”

And despite leading a busy life in Manchester, Becky makes sure to call back home.

She says: “I love Mansfield.

“I’m still there all the time because my family are there.

“I will always consider Mansfield my home.”