10 athletes take to the floor in next edition of 'Dancing With The Stars'
Popular ABC television show "Dancing With The Stars" will premiere a special, four-week edition featuring 10 athletes beginning at 8 p.m. April 30.
Competing for the coveted mirror ball trophy during the show's 26th season will be Adam Rippon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jennie Finch Daigle, Josh Norman, Tonya Harding, Arike Ogunbowale, Chris Mazdzer, Jamie Anderson, Johnny Damon and Mirai Nagasu.
Rippon took bronze in the 2018 Winter Olympics for figure skating. He has additionally won nine medals on the international circuit over the last four years, including the 2016 U.S. men's championship title. He will hit the dance floor with pro partner Jenna Johnson.
Ogunbowale, a Notre Dame University junior and member of the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament championship team, and five-time USA Basketball medalist with four gold and one silver, will team up with pro partner Gleb Savchenko.
Mazder was the first American athlete to medal in the Olympic's Men's Single Luge event in PyeongChang, Korea. Looking toward the future, he plans to put his business degree to use as a financial consultant, according to a news release. He will show off his dance moves with pro partner Witney Carson.
Championship snowboarder Jamie Anderson has claimed a record 15 X Games medals since she the age of 15, the release states. She led the U.S. medal sweep with gold in 2014 at the first-ever Olympic Slopestyle competition, successfully defending the gold in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Her pro dancing partner is Artem Chigvintsev.
Harding became the first American woman to attempt and land a triple axel at the 1991 Senior Nationals. Her skating career ended with her implication in the attack on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 Olympic trials. Her life story recently came to the big screen with the film "I, Tonya." Harding will take a spin with pro partner Sasha Farber.
Softball star Daigle has been pitching since age 8 and, in 2004, at the Athens Olympics in Athens, she and her team won gold. Sports Illustrated hailed it as the greatest team of all time, according to the release. She will take to the dancing diamond with pro partner Keo Motsepe.
Major League Baseball star Damon has World Series rings with both the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. He will play ball this time around with pro partner Emma Slater.
Norman is entering his seventh season with the NFL, first with the Carolina Panthers and now with the Washington Redskins. He gives back to his South Carolina hometown community through his foundation, Starz24, the release notes. He'll swap football cleats for dancing shoes with pro partner Sharna Burgess.
NBA's all-time leading scorer, Abdul-Jabbar is also a Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee. The NBA's only six-time MVP, he will shoot for the mirror ball trophy with pro partner Lindsay Arnold.
Nagasu, one of the youngest figure skaters to win a national title in 2008, made history in the 2018 Olympics by becoming the first American woman to land a triple axel in an Olympic Winter Games, helping Team USA win a bronze medal. She will take to the dance floor with pro partner Alan Bersten.
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