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Treanor undergoes surgery for injury

October 7, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
"Dancing the Stars" was down to 10 couples, but only nine took the floor. Misty May-Treanor was forced to leave the competition due to a serious injury.Misty May-Treanor is not only out of the competition, but she will be off her feet for a while after rupturing her Achilles tendon while rehearsing for this week's performance of the Jive. She was wearing tennis shoes when the injury occurred. May-Treanor says she's out for the season, but not necessarily for good.

No one could have predicted last week's Paso Doble would be the last dance for Misty and Maks. But with a freak injury during rehearsal on Friday, Misty was out of the competition in an instant.

"I just took a step back in the Jive, I heard a pop -- it felt like somebody had hit me from behind with a baseball bat or I kicked a stair -- and I just couldn't put any weight on after that," said Misty May-Treanor.

With a ruptured Achilles tendon, Misty has a cast on her left leg and needs crutches to get around. Her fellow competitors say they're sad to see her go.

"Misty was definitely my top four and I think having her out of the competition is such a loss," said Cheryl Burke.

"This is an Olympic athlete, gold medalist many times over, and if it can happen to her it can happen to anybody," said Rocco DiSpirito.

And that's what has a few of the dancers a little nervous.

"Everywhere I'm going, I'm like, tiptoeing," said Cody Lindley. "It feels really bad."

"I was a little nervous tonight just thinking about it, trying to put it out of my mind," said Toni Braxton.

"He helps me up and down the steps and I say I can do it, and he says, 'Well, we gotta better be careful you know,'" said Cloris Leachman.

Susan Lucci is working through an injury of her own, though not serious.

"I rolled my ankle in rehearsal early, early this morning at the first rehearsal. I was going through Tony's legs and I just didn't get my butt fast enough down on the floor," said Susan Lucci.

"This is a sport, no doubt about it," said Warren Sapp. "A lot of rigourous hard work, and you know, it's just one of those freak things."

Misty's partner praised her for her dancing potential and her incredible work ethic.

"We weren't supposed to practice," said Maksim Chmerkovskiy. "This was her trying to be like, 'Look, I really need it, I really want to'; I'm like, 'OK, fine, if you want to, we'll come back. And then this happened. I should have been stronger and tell her to go home."

Misty may be out of the competition, but she says she may not be done with "Dancing With The Stars."

"I would love to come back if I got invited back I for sure would, because I just didn't feel like I finished everything," said Misty May-Treanor.

Misty May-Treanor says she will undergo surgery in the next week and doctors say, no dancing for at least six months, but Misty says we will see her at the shows cheering on her competitors. And we might even see her back "dancing with the stars" maybe next year.

So with only nine couples left, tune in to ABC7 Tuesday night at 9 for the results show.

 

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