Louis Smith strips down to his underwear and shows off his buff body in brooding calendar shot… as he’s signed up to compete in The Jump

He’s set to compete against a host of celebrities on the Austrian slopes as part of Channel 4’s The Jump.

And Louis Smith, 27, is certainly in the best shape possible for the physical demands of the competition from the look of his official 2017 calendar.

The Great Britain gymnast can be seen showing off his muscular physique as he poses in nothing but a pair of black boxer shorts.

With his hair scraped back into a tight topknot and his facial hair finely groomed, Louis shows off his bulging biceps and toned abs as he grips on to wooden gym apparatus.

Gazing into the camera with a brooding stare, the Strictly Come Dancing winner seductively tucks his thumb into the waistband of his underwear.

The official 2017 Louis Smith claendar is available to buy online at http://bit.ly/GetMeLouisSmith

The athlete recently received a two-month ban from gymnastics, after a video of him mocking the way Muslims pray surfaced online.

However, he appears to be moving onto better things in light of the controversy, as it emerges he is set to join the line-up of The Jump 2017.

According to The Sun, the Olympian is already in training for the winter sports show in Austria – and is confident he will be ‘fearless’ on the slopes.

Louis said of the his upcoming appearance this week: ‘I’ve had some ups and downs in 2016 so am massively looking forward to getting stuck into The Jump.’

‘As a professional athlete I’m massively competitive. I love skiing and I’m pretty fearless when it comes to any snow sports so can’t wait to get out there.’

His stint on the reality show sees Louis back in the public eye after a few months of laying low – having been disgraced earlier this year when an offensive video of him emerged online.

The Team GB star was seen in his own footage standing beside his friend Luke Carson at a wedding, who was heard yelling ‘God is the greatest’ while kneeling on a rug.

Louis’ recording then showed his pal kneeling on the carpet to bow in a mock worship, before the two began to howl indecipherable cries in their drunken state.

The athlete has since apologised for the footage, which resulted in him receiving death threats, and visited two mosques in association with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association to prove his willingness to learn more about the religion.

However, after receiving a two-month ban from his specialist sport gymnastics in light of the controversial clip, Louis is hoping to pick himself back up and redeem his image by appearing on the Channel 4 show.

A source told the paper: ‘Louis makes sense as a signing for The Jump given his sporting background. He’s not exactly knocking back offers at the moment after the video of him and Luke pretending to pray while shouting Allahu Akbar.

‘It gives him something to do during his suspension and means he can stay in shape while getting paid for his troubles.’

MailOnline has contacted representatives of Louis for comment.

This year’s confirmed crop of celebrities trying their luck at winter sports show The Jump appear to be having a blast so far, larking around behind-the-scenes as they get to grips with the slopes.

Lydia Bright offered an insight into the 2017 line-up’s antics, sharing a snap of herself posing with co-stars Spencer Matthews, Vogue Williams, Jason Robinson and Josie Gibson.

She captioned the image: ‘Shooting the promo advert today for #TheJump 2017 I’m already in love with my team ❤ haven’t stopped laughing’.

Meanwhile, Irish beauty Vogue revealed she was already feeling a close bond with her ‘girlies’ Lydia and Josie.

Sharing a cute selfie with her fellow blondes, she wrote: ‘Fun with my jump girlies @lydiabright @josiegibson85 can’t wait for Austria #thejump2017’.

The behind-the-scenes antics come amid reports that reality star veteran Jake Quickenden has joined the line-up.

The star – who has appeared on both The X Factor and I’m A Celebrity – is said to have ‘jumped’ at the chance to take part, despite the risks.

An insider told The Sun Online: ‘Jake is in prime physical condition and he loves a challenge.

‘He was delighted to be approached and quite literally jumped at the chance of taking part.’

MailOnline has contacted a spokesperson for The Jump for comment.

The celebrities have been spotted practicing their moves on the slopes, taking many a tumble in the process.

Sports stars Gareth Thomas and Robbie Fowler and model Caprice have all been confirmed to be taking part in the upcoming series.

The Jump, presented by Davina McCall, came under the spotlight this year as a number of contestants were left with injuries.

In September, actress Tina Hobley told how she was still struggling with the devastating injuries caused by her accident on the Channel 4 show.

The star, 45, was one of several celebrities forced to pull out of the winter sports programme this year after her elbow came out of its socket.

Her arm was broken in two places and she sustained injuries to her shoulder and knee.

‘For much of the year I haven’t been able to drive, dress, wash my hair or have a bath unaided,’ she told Hello!.

Former Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle was involved in a horrific crash which left her needing surgery on her spine.

Ex-Olympic champion swimmer Rebecca Adlington also withdrew from the show on medical advice after a shoulder injury.

Made In Chelsea’s Mark-Francis Vandelli and Olympic gold medal winner Linford Christie were among the other participants who were injured while taking part in the programme.

And earlier this year former Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding told how she was still ‘struggling’ with her knee after suffering a ruptured ligament while taking part in the show.


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