Report: Adam Rippon, Tonya Harding join ‘Dancing with the Stars’ all-athlete cast

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABC is striving to keep the Winter Olympics frenzy alive by casting two athletes fresh from the competition and one former athlete who made a pop culture comeback this year.

Figure skater Adam Rippon, snowboarder Jamie Anderson and retired figure skater Tonya Harding have joined the all-athlete edition of “Dancing with the Stars,” Us Weekly reports.

All three reported cast members have had a monumental year in 2018.

Rippon, who helped Team USA secure bronze at the Olympic Games, became an internet sensation for his wit in interviews and tweets. Before he was cast, Rippon told Us Weekly he thought it would be “fun” to compete on the show. He also had an idea of who would be the best partner for him.

“Somebody who can keep up with my quick whips whoever that woman may be,” Rippon said at the time.

Anderson won gold in Pyeongchang, a feat she also made in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Harding, who became infamous for her 1994 feud with Nancy Kerrigan, found herself back in the spotlight with the release of the biographical film “I, Tonya.”

The full cast announcement is expected to drop on “Good Morning America” on April 13.

“Dancing with the Stars” premieres on April 30.

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