Jennifer-Grey-DWTS-winner.jpgFor “Dancing With the Stars” Season 11 champ Jennifer Grey, the show was an uphill battle until the last 10 minutes of the 2-hour finale.

Just 24-hours earlier, she ruptured a disc during a performance.

Zap2it was in the ballroom when Grey and partner Derek Hough spoke with the press after their win, and both seem plenty relieved that the 50-year-old could finally take it easy.

“I think it might have been one of those flips or kicks or splits,” Grey says, with a blue icepack slid behind her tasseled pants. “When you dance with a 25-year-old, it’s a risk you take.”

But now that show is over, so is any anxiety over the toll on her body. Thanking Derek, her family and the fans, Grey is quick to point out the small group who really kept her in the game. “My doctors kept putting me together,” she says.

Looking back on the experience, Grey says that, win or lose, she got what she wanted from the series. “The destination for me was the journey,” she says, “and in the truest since of the word, this journey was the gift… It’s so much fun, glamour and sillyniess. It’s a great gift to be part of a show that gives people so much joy.”

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Posted by:Mikey O'Connell