Adam Rippon, an Olympic figure skater, won the season of “Dancing With The Stars” that included only athletes.
Adam Rippon Dancing With The Stars
The bronze medalist from Pyeongchang 2018 danced and wowed his way to the crown with partner Jenna Johnson.
Tonya Harding and her partner Sasha Farber, who also competed in the Olympics, tied for second place with NFL star Josh Norman and his partner Sharna Burgees.
To date, Rippon is the sixth Olympian to take home the coveted mirror ball trophy.
That’s a Bananas!
Rippon and Johnson’s opening jazz routine to “Anything You Can Do” on the night that mattered most left the judges speechless.
A standing ovation and a perfect score of 30 were their rewards.
After their incredible show, Rippon exclaimed, “It’s gone above and above all I hoped it would be.”
“The Mirrorball has new significance now that I know I am loved and welcomed,” said the speaker.
As the evening began, Tonya Harding scored 26 points for her Viennesse dance, while Redskins cornerback Norman scored 27 points for his Foxtrot.
In the final set of dances, the focus shifted to freestyle.
Tonya Harding finally got her moment in the spotlight as she and Farber earned a perfect score dancing to “I Will Survive.”
In addition to Rippon and Johnson, Norman and Burgess received high marks.
Rippon received a score of 28 for his routine to DJ Kass’s “Scooby Doo Pa Pa,” despite the fact that it was not as impressive as his initial routine (9,9,10)
“This freestyle is distinct, weird, and entertaining and fully reflects me as a person and I want to share that with America,” Rippon said of the act, for which he sported a bowl cut black wig.
Ten teams, including Rippon’s, competed throughout the course of the condensed four-week period.
When we got here, I told myself, “I’m going to lay it all out there,” and I did. Adam Rippon told Entertainment Tonight after the dazzling conclusion, “May the record reveal, Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson’s names are permanently carved, wonderfully printed.”
A bronze medal from the team event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang would look great next to the trophy he would win.
What Does Rippon Think?
I can’t even begin to describe how amazing it has been.
The 28-year-old joins Kristi Yamaguchi and Meryl Davis as the only figure skaters to ever win “Dancing with the Stars.”