'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes' Cast: Johnny Damon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and 5 Winter Olympians
'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes' Cast: Johnny Damon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and 5 Winter Olympians
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
If you watched the 2018 Winter Olympics, you'll love the new season of Dancing with the Stars. The show announced the 10 couples who will compete on season 26, a special, shortened all-athlete edition, and it includes four U.S. medalists from the recent games in Pyeongchang.

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Between those four and Tonya Harding, half of the cast is comprised of Winter Olympic athletes. There's also World Series champion Johnny Damon, NBA champion Kareen Abdul-Jabbar, Olympic softball pitcher Jennie Finch, NFL star Josh Norman and the Most Outstanding Player from the Notre Dame women's basketball team, which just won the March Madness tournament.

Here's the full cast, with their pro partners:

-Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson
-Olympic luger Chris Mazdzer and Witney Carson
-NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lindsay Arnold
-World Series champion Johnny Damon and Emma Slater
-NFL cornerback Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess

-Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber
-Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu and Alan Bersten
-Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson and Artem Chigvintsev
-Softball pitcher Jennie Finch and Keo Motsepe
-March Madness winner Arike Ogunbowale and Gleb Savchenko

The season certainly seems to be the Winter Olympians vs. everyone else. The cast features three figure skaters, two other Winter Olympians, two basketball players, two baseball/softball players and a football player.

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Kareem is just the sixth man over 70 to compete on the show (he turns 71 on Monday) and at 7'2'', it's a big challenge for defending Mirror Ball winner Lindsay Arnold. Meanwhile, the two current Olympic figure skaters, Adam and Mirai, are partnered with the two least-experienced pros, Jenna and Alan.

Who are you rooting for to win? Dancing with the Stars: Athletes premieres Monday, April 30 at 8/7c on ABC. For more updates, like BuddyTV's DWTS Facebook page.


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