While rehearsing last week, “Good Morning America” anchor Ginger Zee suffered a pelvic injury, just before the finale of "Dancing with the Stars.”
She told ABC News, "By Wednesday, I went to see a physical therapist for the show, Gina [Minchella], and she said my pelvis was forward and an inch off. I came back the next day, and [my pelvis] was backward and an inch the other way. My pelvis was just moving all over.”
Zee, who gave birth to her son Adrian in December, explained, "My pelvis is very loose and unstable… because I just had a baby.”
In a preview on tonight’s episode, Zee is seen crying through the pain during physical therapy. She said, "I was crying not just from pain, but I was more fearful and more frustrated because at this point in the competition, every single minute counts; especially for a non-dancer, repetition is everything. It gives you confidence… and without the ability to do that, it's scary.”
Despite her injury, Ginger is planning on returning to the dance floor tonight. She shared, "It's not like I'm taking a risk that I'm going to injure my back for the rest of my life. I’m planning to [perform,] so we're going to do everything we can to rest.”
On the bad timing of the injury, Ginger commented, "I've been so grateful, especially after the C-section, that my body got back so quickly. I knew I had to get my core strength back and do everything that we were supposed to do. I knew that this was a possibility. It's just unforunate that it came at this time.”
Zee and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy will compete with Nyle DiMarco and Paige VanZant for the mirror ball trophy, starting tonight on ABC.