Dancing with the Stars has claimed yet another victim. The latest is nine-time World Champion rodeo cowboy Ty Murray, who took a hit to the eye Wednesday. During a group routine practice for Dancing with the Stars, Murray, 39, threw his partner Chelsie Hightower, 19, in the air, but her microphone pack fell off and struck Murray in the eye.
"It was bleeding for a little while," Murray told People, "and is slightly back and blue but I kept ice on it. It's not a big deal to me because in bull riding you see that from time to time, but I guess people aren't used to seeing a little blood in the ballroom."
Murray, who is married to country singer Jewel, also took to his MySpace blog to talk about his injury.
"They brought in a choreographer and we worked at that from about 9 a.m. until 1:30, and while I was there I got my eye cut open," he wrote. "It might end up being a black eye, but I'm not sure. I was doing this thing with Chelsie where I spin her around up above my head and her mic-pack came loose, swung around and hit me in the eye."
Despite the discomfort, Murray just shook it off, according to Dancing with the Stars
professional Derek Hough.
"He's a cowboy, so he's used to that kind of stuff," Hough said of Murray. "You know Ty, he's like, 'It's alright. No problem. Don't worry about me.'"
Although sustaining injuries can be very daunting, Murray doesn't seem the type who easily gets discouraged. His secret weapon? He knows how to compete!
"I like the challenge of it," he said. "The challenge of the show is fun and it's interesting as a competitor. It's 10,000 times harder that you could ever imagine."
Meanwhile, Murray reveals that his next routine with partner Chelsie is "coming along pretty good."
Fans can catch Ty Murray on the next episode of Dancing with the Stars
season 8, airing Monday at 8pm on ABC.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
, Ty Murray's MySpace page(Image courtesy of ABC)