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Dancing with the Stars had been under a black cloud for the past three seasons. The level of bodily stress that these dance contestants have undergone on a weekly basis has clearly taken it’s toll on any number of celebrities and professional alike.

Misty May-Treanor, U.S. Olympic Beach Volley Ball gold medalist, has been forced to leave the Dancing with the Stars competition because of an injury. According to fellow celebrity dancer Brooke Burke, who has been busy blogging between practice sessions, Misty ruptured her Achilles tendon and will undergo surgery later this week. She will then undergo nine months of rehabilitation in order to ensure a full recovery from a very serious injury.

The injury occurred on Friday. The irony is that she is in extremely good physical condition because of the nature of her sport and the fact that she has just returned from a grueling two weeks in Beijing. Typically the athletes have done very well during competition. Apollo Anton Ohno, Emmitt Smith, Helio Castroneves and Kristi Yamaguchi took top honors in their respective seasons.

Brooke and her partner Derek Hough had a scare of their own on Saturday. During a practice session, Hough tripped over a box while walking backwards. Trying to save himself from injury, he attempted to jump back onto his feet and got tangled with a stage light. He hit his head and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. He is fine now and practicing for Monday night’s show, according to his partner.

Hough had a neck injury during the last season and Cristian De La Fuente suffered an arm injury. Clearly dancing turns out to be risky business.

Check out Misty May-Treanor beach volleyball photos here.

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