Adam Rippon, Tonya Harding join ‘Dancing With the Stars: Athletes’
Dancing With the Stars: Athletes is about to be our next Winter Olympics fix. The ABC competition will pair professional athletes with professional dancers (don’t come at me with your “dance is a sport” takes, not now), including Olympic darling Adam Rippon and, er, former Olympian Tonya Harding.
The full lineup was announced Friday on Good Morning America and includes another skater, a snowboarder, and a luger, as well as athletes sports we get obsessed with annually like baseball, basketball, and football.
Adam Rippon with Jenna Johnson
Arike Ogunbowale with Gleb Savchenko
Chris Mazdzer with Witney Carson
Jamie Anderson with Artem Chigvintsev
Jennie Finch Daigle with Keo Motsepe
Johnny Damon with Emma Slater
Josh Norman with Sharna Burgess
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Lindsay Arnold
Mirai Nagasu with Alan Bersten
Tonya Harding with Sasha Farber
A press release from ABC referred to Rippon as “one of the most dramatic figure skaters on the planet” and “an icon to millions” (true!). Harding’s notes her impressive career as a skater (culminating in “a scandal” in 1994) and boxer.
Dancing With the Stars: Athletes premieres April 30 AT 8 P.M. EDT on ABC.