Steve Wozniak to continue 'Dancing with the Stars' despite new injury
By Christopher Rocchio, 03/23/2009
Steve Wozniak will apparently continue his quest to claim Dancing with the Stars eighth-season title despite suffering his second injury of the competition.
The billionaire Apple Computer co-founder says he recently pulled his hamstring while rehearsing for the ABC reality series but still plans on competing during Monday night's live performance episode, according to a Monday posting to his Facebook group.
"My leg is doing fine. I will Samba tonight," wrote Wozniak in the Monday afternoon posting. "I am constrained in movement a bit so my hip shaking may be low for the Samba, but I'll push through. I assure you I am trying hard."
Wozniak injured his hamstring while rehearsing last week with professional partner Karina Smirnoff.
"Yesterday evening I was sure that I couldn't dance on Monday, due to so much pain that I would wince when I walked. It wasn't pretty," wrote Wozniak in prior late Sunday night posting.
"My partner, Karina, is very familiar with such injuries and worse. She was of the opinion that if I withdrew from Dancing With The Stars, rumors would fly that I was using this injury as an excuse. She has danced with pulled hamstrings many times. I can tell you from how this one felt, that it's not the same for a 20 year old as it is for a 58 year old."
Wozniak added that while the samba routine was "modified" to accommodate his injury, he still was apprehensive about performing because of it.
"We took chunks in the middle and rewrote them," he wrote Sunday night to his Facebook group. "Plus we lost nearly 2 days of rehearsal due to my inability to do anything, not to mention hospitals and MRI's and more over 2 days. So rehearsal-wise, we are behind everyone else, but we are feeling confident that we can do something of value tomorrow."
After rehearsing his "camera blocking" for the routine this morning, Wozniak felt reassured that his decision to continue competing was the right one.
"It was my first practice of the day and I could tell by the end that the leg was fine for dancing," he wrote. "As usual, Karina got me doing a few small improvements. As I like to say, there are literally thousands of small things for us newcomers to learn."
Once the routine was performed twice with the "real orchestra," knew he'd be good to go for the routine -- which will apparently include some surprises for his fans.
"I hope the world is not too shocked by my adding break dancing moves to the end of our routine, including the worm! It should get a lot of You Tube hits I'm told," he wrote. "I know nothing about break dancing so it's more like Woz attempting the worm, but all laughter is good, even when it's at you."
In addition, Wozniak implored viewers to keep him in mind when casting their votes after Monday night's performance show airs.
"I need all the support possible," he wrote. "A lot of people say they are voting for me but it really matters that you do it. That is my ace in the hole in this dancing competition. When you look at the background of many of the others, I should be able to pull in lots of votes via phone, SMS and internet. But I care more that lots of people feel good watching me, regardless of the outcome."