Josie Gibson, Lydia Bright and Vogue Williams confirmed for The Jump 2017 line up

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  • Channel 4 has confirmed the full line up for The Jump 2017, and there’s plenty of familiar faces taking to the slopes.

    The show, which sees stars head to Austria to compete in various winter sports and face off in a live ski jump, is returning for its fourth series early this year, although the start date has yet to be revealed.

    There are 16 contestants facing The Jump this year – so who’s been brave enough to take on the challenge?

    Former Big Brother star Josie Gibson was one of the first to confirm her place in the competition, with a tweet which read: ‘I’ve never skied before but I love a challenge!! Please don’t tell me to break a leg ha!’ She’s since confessed that she’s ‘so nervous’ but says that learning to ski in training has been ‘some of the best two weeks of my life’.

    TOWIE’s Lydia Bright and model Vogue Williams, who was previously married to Westlife’s Brian McFadden, will also be strapping on their ski boots, and have been sharing plenty of snaps on social media of themselves getting into the snowy spirit.

    Olympic cyclist Bradley Wiggins, 36, confirmed his role in the show, saying that former contestants had inspired him to step up to the plate.

    ‘It was a mix of that and the other committed names this year that made me want to sign up. Major retiring Olympians such as Sir Steve Redgrave have also trod this path,’ he said.

    ‘I see this as a sporting challenge and want to go out there and win it. Just don’t call me a celebrity.’

    And Bradley’s not the only Olympian in the mix – he’s joined by gymnast Louis Smith, and taekwondo athlete Jade Jones, as well Paralympian Kadeena Cox.

    Other sportspeople in the line up include former Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas, former England rugby captain Jason Robinson and former England footballer Robbie Fowler.

    However, whilst the athletes may have a headstart in the sporting stakes, the show has previously been won by reality stars like Joey Essex and Joe McElderry, which may come as something of a comfort to Made in Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews and The X Factor’s Jake Quickenden, who’ll also be making an appearance this year.

    Models Caprice, Emma Parker Bowles and Amy Willerton complete the group, along with comedian Marc Dolan.

    The Balls of Steel host told The Daily Mirror: ‘I’m delighted to be taking part, and by delighted, I mean absolutely bloody terrified. However, I’m confident I will excel in the après-ski (the social activities following a day’s skiing). That’s a sport, isn’t it?’

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