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Dancing With the Stars: Athletes Cast Revealed: Did 5 Random People Know Who Any of Them Are?

All collectively now: Who?!

It is one among our two favourite days of the TV yr (Sorry, different 263 days!): The brand new solid for Dancing With the Stars has been introduced! And in season 26, the ABC actuality hit is giving us a brand new twist. The 10 opponents are all athletes, which means  the competitors and self-imposed stress will doubtless be much more intense!

The DWTS: Athletes line-up was unveiled on Good Morning America this morning, and consistent with custom, we requested 5 random individuals—a DWTS super-fan, an internet designer, a former leisure reporter, a school sophomore and a clueless Brooklynite simply doing his finest—if they’d any thought who the 10 sports activities stars have been. 

Adam Rippon
DWTS Tremendous-Fan:
Oh, he was within the Olympics! Is he an ice skater?
Internet Designer: The Olympic determine skater!
School Sophomore: I feel he’s an expert fencer. Jogs my memory of the “riposte” place in swordfighting. Only a handy factor that occurred. 
Former Leisure Reporter: Twitter’s boyfriend. Oh, and likewise a determine skater. 
Clueless Brooklynite Does His Finest: Dances with pre-rippon’d pants so there isn’t any confusion. Baseball?
Who He Actually Is: One of many breakout stars of the 2018 Winter Olympic Video games, the 28-year-old determine skater (who was one of many first brazenly homosexual U.S. male athletes to ever qualify) is relationship now Jussi-Pekka Kajaala due to Tinder, was wooed by Sally Area on behalf of her son and has plans to hang around with Reese Witherspoon.

Tonya Harding, Dancing With the Stars: Athletes

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Tonya Harding
DWTS Tremendous-Fan: Oh my god! OH MY GOD! (Ed’s Be aware: this was an impersonation of Nancy Kerrigan apparently.)  I did not suppose she was that nice of a skater.
Internet Designer: Ice skating! Sure, I do know who she is. I did not watch the film. I lived via it, although. 
School Sophomore: I really feel like I’ve heard that title earlier than, nearly. I am gonna say that she’s an MMA fighter. She would not get knocked out, however she takes punches simple. 
Former Leisure Reporter:
Former determine skater and the topic of my 90s obsession (these bangs!). I so cherished her over Nancy Kerrigan, in case anybody questioned the place I stood with that.
Clueless Brooklynite Does His Finest: Truthfully good, simply misunderstood. Determine skating!
Who She Actually Is: The previous determine skater grew to become notorious after the 1994 assault on Nancy Kerrigan (who competed on DWTS in season 24), that resulted in her being banned from U.S. determine skating. A film about her life, I, Tonya, just lately introduced her again into the highlight, with Margot Robbie being nominated for her portrayal of Harding.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
DWTS Tremendous-Fan:
Oh my god, basketball participant! How previous is he?!
Internet Designer: Basketball! He is on this season? Is not he actually previous?
School Sophomore: He performs basketball and he is one of the best. He is additionally the tallest man on the planet, which is why he is so good at basketball. 
Former Leisure Reporter: Basketball legend. Additionally, he as soon as did a TV particular with New Youngsters On The Block. Look it up. 
Clueless Brooklynite Does His Finest: I am the co-pilot. Basketball. 
Who He Actually Is: After 20 seasons within the NBA six-time Most Beneficial  Participant wins, Abdul-Jabbar is taken into account top-of-the-line gamers within the historical past of basketball. Now 70, Abdul-Jabbar now serves as visitor tradition critic for The Hollywood Reporter. (He has lots of ideas about The Bachelor franchise!) And in 2016, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

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Mirai Nagasu
DWTS Tremendous-Fan:
Is he a Yankee?
Internet Designer: Uh, additionally determine skating? All my solutions are tremendous racist.
School Sophomore: OK, so she’s a determine skater. Was that right? I am wonderful, I do know. 
Former Leisure Reporter: She’s a determine skater. However I admit, I solely knew that as a result of Twitter was obsessed together with her, too. I ought to get off Twitter and go exterior, principally.
Clueless Brooklynite Does His Finest: Diver?
Who She Actually Is: The 24-year-old determine skater is the primary American lady to ever land a triple axel on the Olympics. She’s finest mates with Adam Rippon. 

Chris Mazdzer
DWTS Tremendous-Fan: A basketball participant?
Internet Designer: Snowboarding? I’ve by no means heard that title earlier than in my life, I additionally did not watch the Olympics.
School Sophomore: He is a golfer. 
Former Leisure Reporter: Sports activities ball?
Clueless Brooklynite Does His Finest: Mazzer Bedazzler. Snowboarding?
Who He Actually Is: The 29-year-old is an Olympic luger, profitable the silver within the 2018 video games.

Johnny Damon, Dancing With the Stars: Athletes

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Johnny Damon
DWTS Tremendous-Fan:  Oh, he is a  baseball participant. He performed for Boston then to the Yankees after which left or one thing?
Internet Designer: Oh! I do know the title, I don’t know what he does. Is he a golfer?
School Sophomore: Is race automobile driving a sport? Johnny Damon is the most recent and hottest American F1 driver. He is a hotshot. He would not know when to decelerate. 
Former Leisure Reporter: Somebody must be a baseball participant. This one?
Clueless Brooklynite Does His Finest: From caveman to enterprise informal. Baseball.
Who He Actually Is: Earlier than retiring in 2012, Damon, 44, performed for the Boston Crimson Sox and the New York Yankees, profitable two World Sequence rings throughout his 17-year profession within the MLB.

Jennie Finch Daigle
DWTS Tremendous-Fan:
I do not know, skier?!
Internet Designer: Uh, are all of them Winter Olympics? I do not know. Tennis?
School Sophomore: She does curling in Canada. It is undoubtedly doable that she is a roller for Daigle’s Bagels, which is what they name the curling staff as a result of the rock type of seems like a bagel. Some type of winter sport. She’s undoubtedly Canadian. 
Former Leisure Reporter: She’s a very sizzling softball participant. 
Clueless Brooklynite Does His Finest: We’re eliminating your second final title b/c me making an attempt to pronounce it’s embarrassing. Hockey?
Who She Actually Is: The 37-year-old is a former pitcher from Group USA’s softball staff, and retired in 2010. After marrying Casey Daigle in 2005, the couple has gone on to welcome three kids.

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Josh Norman, Dancing With the Stars: Athletes

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Josh Norman 
DWTS Tremendous-Fan: No clue. I am going to guess…was he within the Olympics? 
Internet Designer: Nope. Soccer? I don’t know.
School Sophomore: He is a baseball participant. He comes from a protracted line of baseballers, the Norman household ball dynasty. 
Former Leisure Reporter: An NFL participant however I do not know which staff as a result of except they have been on my fantasy soccer staff, I not often maintain all of them straight. 
Clueless Brooklynite Does His Finest: That is essentially the most regular title I’ve ever heard, he should Curl. Curling?
Who He Actually Is: The 30-year-old is a cornerback for the Washington Redskins, and is taken into account top-of-the-line within the league.

Arike Ogunbowale, Dancing With the Stars: Athletes

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Arike Ogunbowale
DWTS Tremendous-Fan:
A softball participant?
Internet Designer: I actually don’t have anything to say. Is it an actor? Runner?
School Sophomore: She’s a ladies’s soccer participant for Argentina. And he or she was principally simply pushed into soccer as a result of her title was so onerous to pronounce that she could not work wherever else actually. 
Former Leisure Reporter: The Notre Dame basketball participant that CRUSHED that final second shot! Truthfully, ABC ought to simply play that clip each week and I would vote for her each single time.
Clueless Brooklynite Does His Finest: Is that this title slang for “Yo, we’re going bowling!”? Basketball.
Who She Actually Is: Since main the Notre Dame’s basketball staff to a NCAA championship in early April, the junior has appeared on Ellen, made the duvet of Sports activities Illustrated and noticed her social media followers explode by over 200 %.

Team USA, 2018 Winter Olympics, Ralph Lauren, opening ceremony uniforms, Jamie Anderson

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Jamie Anderson
DWTS Tremendous-Fan:
No clue. Is it a person or a lady? Feminine basketball participant.
Internet Designer: I really feel like I ought to know that. Is she a snowboarder?
School Sophomore: Volleyball. She labored actually onerous to get there as a result of she has such a generic title. 
Former Leisure Reporter: I am guessing an Olympian who’s in manner higher form than me.
Clueless Brooklynite Does His Finest: Is that this the actually fairly one from Sochi? Snowboarding?
Who She Actually Is: The Olympic snowboarder has taken dwelling a complete of 11 medals, and is relationship Canadian snowboarder Tyler Nicholson, a fellow Olympian.  

Dancing With the Stars: Athletes premieres Monday, April 30, at eight p.m. on ABC. 

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