Bjoern Bitsch and Ashli Williamson, DEN 11/04/2011

2011 IDSF European Ten Dance © Roland

The current World Ten Dance Champions, Bjoern Bitsch and Ashli Williamson, DEN, faced another injury setback in Saturday's final of the IDSF European.

Remember Wetzlar! Bjoern Bitsch was one of the dancers that saw his performance cut short by a "slip and fall" on the parquet of the Rittal Arena. He dislocated his knee cap on the occasion!

In Moscow, as Bjoern was dancing the solo Jive, he also stopped cold in his tracks - this time it appeared to be the calf - and had to retire temporarily. Even though he was able to return for the group Jive a few minutes later, Bjoern was victim once more of an injury that kept him from going the full distance in the final of the European.

For whatever reason, his injury did not make headlines, it did not even get mentions, in any of the reports coming out of the Druzhba Sports Hall.

Could it be that in DanceSport - unlike in all other sports - an injury to an athlete is never made a topic? That it is a taboo?

Whether the cramp (or whatever else happened to Bjoern's calf) was of any significance to the final results or not should not be the issue. That a World Champion was unable to complete a dance, that medical personnel had to aid him off the floor ... All that is part of the nature of a sport that is as physically demanding as this one, particularly in the DanceSport "decathlon," and should be addressed with reasonable prominence in each and every report on a memorable European.

A good thing that the cameras of InterDance captured the moment of Team Denmark's misfortune!

y9X78OSGJOM

Latest NewsSubscribe to news RSS

  • 2016 World Senior IV STD

    122 Senior IV couples danced the first World Championship of the year in Antwerp, BEL. The reigning title holders revalidated. Italy dominated.

    08/02/2016 read more ...
  • 2015 Vienna World Open Latin

    The full-length semi-final and final of the 2015 World Open Latin that was danced on 22 November at the Multiversum in Vienna - Schwechat. Enjoy!

    05/02/2016 read more ...
  • World Championships Senior I Open

    The World Championships Latin and Standard for the Senior I age group will be open in 2016. WDSF invites prospective organisers to submit their bids.

    05/02/2016 read more ...
  • World Open Regulations

    The WDSF Presidium follows the advice of the Sports Commission and approves changes to the Regulations governing World Open competitions.

    04/02/2016 read more ...
  • Widely Followed

    The Italian DanceSport Federation reports on record online audiences following the National Championship held over nine days in Rimini.

    04/02/2016 read more ...
  • tanzsport.de

    The German DanceSport Federation rolls out its new website. Visitors get the big picture of what constitutes dance as sport under the umbrella of DTV.

    03/02/2016 read more ...
Archives