On FOX's new hidden talent series Skating with Celebrities, stars such as Todd Bridges, Deborah Gibson and Dave Coulier pair up with pros to bravely hit the ice—sometimes hard.“I have a newfound respect for figure skaters,” says Coulier. “They wipe out at full speed and don't wear padding.” Let the games begin.
DEBORAH GIBSON with KURT BROWNING
“I sang during rehearsals to remind myself that I could do something well,” says Gibson. But she grew to love the ice, thanks in part to four-time world champ Browning (below). “I cried for a week [after the show wrapped],” she says.
TODD BRIDGES with JENNI MENO
“He couldn't even skate halfway around the rink,” says three-time U.S. pairs champ Meno of the Diff'rent Strokes star on their first day. But by the end, “he was the only celebrity able to do an overhead lift.” Says Bridges: “It's not an easy sport. You make fun watching people skate, but it's pretty intense.”
DAVE COULIER with NANCY KERRIGAN
“I kept [tripping on] the toe picks and doing faceplants, so I ground them down after the first show,” says the Full House alum, who has played hockey for 30 years. Not that it saved him from injury. “I broke his tooth,” says two-time Olympic medalist Kerrigan. “He was lifting me and my shoulder hit his jaw.”
BRUCE JENNER with TAI BABILONIA
While taping the series, the 1976 Olympic decathlon champ took a fall that left him with 16 stitches above one eye. Plus, “I was black and blue all over,” says Jenner. “He was relentless in training,” says Babilonia, who won the pairs gold (with Randy Gardner) at the 1979 World Championships. “I'd say, ‘It's not going to happen overnight.’ And he was like, ‘I guess I have to stay another three hours then.’”