7Olympians ready to rock ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’
It’s six of the best as Adam Rippon, Tonya Harding, Jamie Anderson, Chris Mazdzer, Mirai Nagasu, and Jennie Finch get set to bring Olympic pedigree from the podium to the ballroom on one of the most popular shows on the planet.
The U.S. version of the hit show ‘Dancing with the Stars’ is going full athlete and will be packed with talent and stacked with medal-winning champions including the 6 Olympians revealed amongst the ten sports stars to take part in the latest series.
— Dancing with the Stars (@DancingABC) April 3, 2018
Adam Rippon’s celebrity star has gone supernova after his medal-winning performance at PyeongChang, becoming the oldest figure skater to make the U.S. team since 1936 and doing it all with wit, charm, and a sparkling sense of humour. Rippon is, after all, ‘America’s Sweetheart’ (Self-proclaimed of course!).
Adam was in characteristically confident mood when he spoke to Us Weekly about performing on the show, insisting that he’ll need a capable partner:
“Somebody who can keep up with my quick whips whoever that woman may be.”
— Dancing with the Stars (@DancingABC) April 13, 2018
Like ice dancing without the ice
Check out some of Adam’s moves at PyeongChang.
A pick sure to bring drama and controversy to the show, Harding has been back in the spotlight after the release of the Oscar-winning film I Tonya. The 47-year-old was the first American female to complete a triple-axel in competition and represented the USA in the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games in Norway, where her famous rivalry with Nancy Kerrigan eventually led to Harding being banned for life from the sport.
Watch Tonya’s Lillehammer 1994 free skate here:
Another ice dancer making the switch, the seven-time U.S. national medallist created history in 2018 by doing this:
Jamie Anderson will be the most decorated Olympian at the ball, with two snowboard slopestyle gold medals (PyeongChang 2018 and Sochi 2014) and a silver medal in big air (also at PyeongChang).
Watch out dancers, don’t be fooled by that smile, Jamie doesn’t like to lose!
Winning a PyeongChang 2018 silver medal in the luge, and celebrating by taking on the bunny hill, clearly wasn’t enough excitement for the 29-year-old. The three-time Winter Olympian will be putting on his dancing shoes for the show.
Another strong contender joining the sparkling line-up is two-time softball gold medallist Jennie Finch, who’ll swap the pitcher’s mound for the opening round.
Since retiring from softball Finch has been loving life on the farm, but that competitive spirit is still alive and well and ready for a revival on DWTS.
Will she strike her opponents out in front of these demanding judges?
— Dancing with the Stars (@DancingABC) April 2, 2018
What chance we see one of the Olympic six winning?
It wouldn’t be the first time: Olympians who stole the show in the past include 1992 Winter Olympics gold medal-winning figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, who won the competition back in season 6, while another Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis took home the trophy in season 18. Shawn Johnson and Laurie Hernandez have also tasted success on the hit show, both are Olympic gymnasts with gold medals.
Here’s some of the Olympians who have won Dancing with the Stars in the U.S.:
–2002 and 2006 Olympic gold medal-winning speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno (Season 4)
–1992 Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (Season 6)
–2008 Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Shawn Johnson (Season 8)
–2014 Olympic gold medal-winning ice dancer Meryl Davis (Season 18)
–2016 Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Laurie Hernandez (Season 23)