Fans of Dancing with the Stars are thrilled after the show finally revealed the cast for its 26th season. Some of the new members surprised many people.
A couple of weeks ago, the network shared that they were planning to make an all-athlete special edition this time, and they did it. They got together 10 sportsmen and women that are ready to take the Mirrorball Trophy home.
Entertainment Daily reported that, in total, the dancers have got 15 X Games medals, 7 Olympic medals, 6 NBA titles, 5 USA Basketball medals and 2 World Series rings.
Adam Rippon, the 28-year-old professional figure skater who won the 2010 Four Continents Championships and the 2016 U.S. National Championships will dance next to professional dancer Jenna Johnson.
Tonya Harding, the figure skating legend who won her first skating competition when she was only five, will join Sasha Farber. Harding is remembered for hiring a man to break Nancy Kerrigan’s leg, so she could not compete at the Olympics.
Arike Ogunbonwale, a junior at Notre Dame and a member of the women’s basketball team who won the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament, will team up with Gleb Savchenko.
Jennie Finch Daigle, the medal-winning softball pitcher who dominated their competitors during the Olympics in Athens in 2004, will dance next to Keo Motsepe.
Chris Mazdzer, the first-ever American person who won a medal in the Men’s Single Luge event, will join the show next to the professional dancer Witney Carson.
Jamie Anderson, the snowboarder who has been an X Games medalist 15 times since she was 15 years, will dance next to Artem Chigvintsev. Anderson even won a gold medal in Slopestyle at the 2018 Winter Olympic games.
Mirai Nagasu, one of the youngest figure skaters to win a national title (2008) and the woman who represented the U.S. in the 2018 Winter Olympics, is set to dance with Alan Bersten.
Josh Norman, one of the highest-paid NFL cornerback players, will take to the dance floor with Sharna Burgess. He signed with the Washington Redskins in 2016 and has been playing with that team ever since.
Johnny Damon, the Major League Baseball player who won the 2004 World Series with the Boston Red Sox right before signing with the New York Yankees, will dance next to Emma Slater.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer, a six-time NBA champion and the league's only six-time MVP, will join Dancing with the Stars next to Lindsay Arnold.
All of them will do their best to take the Mirrorball trophy home in the upcoming season if the show that is set to be released on April 30, 2018.
In the judge board, things didn’t change as Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli will be back. Hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews will also be back.