When I heard that DWTS (Dancing with the Stars) was going to run an athletes only season I was really excited. I was far less excited to find out it is a mini season with only four weeks. Although, it will be super competitive and move quickly so that does interest me a bit.
A few days ago the pros were announced and that doesn’t matter for me as long as I know that Sharna is one. If you’re new to my blog, just know that I’m pro Sharna at all times and always vote for her. She is my favorite and it’s not up for debate so don’t even try. I mean, you can always start your own blog and write about whoever your fav pro is, but around here it’s Sharna.
The professional athletes were announced today and I’m here to tell you all about it. This included some research as I’ve personally heard of only a few. I went the extra mile and found a twitter excerpt from each celebrity to share. You’re welcome.
Adam Rippon & Jenna
First of all, this is Jenna’s first time as a ‘pro’ so that is exciting and I’m confident she’ll do well. Adam is a figure skater who recently helped his team to win bronze at the Olympics. He’s won several individual championships along the way too.
Twitter Post March 30, 2018: My mom and I are filming together this morning and while she’s getting her makeup done I’ve heard her say “I just want a natural look” & quickly escalate to “can you make my eyes look bigger? you know how to do that right?” in case you were wondering where I get my dramatic flair
Arike Ogunbowale & Gleb
Arike is a junior at Notre Dame and plays women’s basketball. Why they don’t have a fancy picture- I don’t know.
Twitter post today: To answer the question, YES OF COURSE I am coming back for my senior year at Notre Dame. Why would I not want to get a degree from the greatest University in the world (& a chance to repeat )
Chris Mazdzer & Witney
He recently became the first American to win a medal in men’s single luge. I’m excited to see if Witney can make him a dancer too.
Twitter post today: Breaking news announcement! I will be competing on Season 26 of Dancing with the Stars Athlete Edition with @witneycarson!!! Also news, I can’t dance… Good thing my partner is one of the best in the industry and is also fluent in sarcasm. Stay tuned for more! Like me tripping over my feet a lot over the next few weeks.
Jamie Anderson & Artem
Jamie has won 15 Xgames medals for snowboarding. She recently won a gold medal in Slopestyle.
Jennie Finch Daigle & Keo
I’m sorry to say that I can’t see her going super far only because Keo is almost always eliminated first or second, but hey, maybe this is his season. Jennie won gold medal for softball in Athens in 2004.
Twitter post today: Thank you! grateful for the love & support! Im so thankful for the opportunities this game has provided & continues to provide. Young girls are growing up seeing their sport (female athletes) on TV & back in the
@Olympics, & pro. #DreamBelieve #NoLimits #BreakingGlass
Johnny Damon & Emma
Johnny played baseball and has World Series rings with both the Red Sox and Yankees. Now he’s got one of the best teaching him dance.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Lindsay
Mr. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all time leading scorer, has 6 championships, and the NBA’s only six-time MVP. He’s a legend. I know this because I at least recognize his name.
Twitter post today: Don’t know if you guys heard but it’s true… I will be Dancing with The Stars starting April 30th on ABC. I hope you will all support me as I take this journey.
Mirai Nagasu & Alan
Mirai recently helped her team to win bronze medal in figure skating at the Olympics.
Twitter post March 31, 2018: Today I was recognized at the post office as the girl who bought out all of the global stamps.
Tonya Harding & Sasha
Tonya was the first woman to attempt and land the triple axel. Oh, and there was that wee bit o controversy with the Nancy Kerrigan injury. Recently a movie was made about her life.
Josh Norman & Sharna
Josh is the highest paid NFL cornerback, who currently plays for the Washington Redskins. Of course he has a foundation for academic enrichment opportunities for the youth from his hometown in South Carolina.
(and a bunch of other stuff about his charity)
Ok, I’ll obviously be rooting for these two. It’s a nobrainer.
I can’t help but notice that there is no hockey player represented, which is just a crying shame. Who is going to be watching along with me? I’ll do recaps each of the four weeks and keep y’all in the know with the facts and most importantly with my sarcastic comments.
Tune in, friends!