Adam Rippon, an Olympic figure skater, has won a season of “Dancing With The Stars” featuring only athletes.
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, also an Olympic figure skater, tied for second place with NFL star Josh Norman and his partner Sharna Burgees. Rippon takes home the mirror ball trophy for the sixth time in Olympic history.
A+ Performance of Adam Rippon
On the final night, Rippon and Johnson stunned the judges with a jazz number to “Anything You Can Do” for their first dance.
They received a perfect score of 30 and a roaring ovation for this performance.
Rippon commented, “It’s been above and above all I expected it would be.” following their astounding performance.
“The Mirrorball means something different now; I finally feel loved and welcomed.”
Tonya Harding started off the night with a 26 on the Viennesse dance, and Redskins CB Norman got a perfect 27 on the Foxtrot.
Freestyle of Adam Rippon
During 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.”
The duo of Norman and Burgess also did quite well, earning high marks, but Rippon and Johnson ultimately stole the show.
They didn’t quite reach the heights of their opening performance, but Rippon still managed to get a 28 for his dance to DJ Kass’s “Scooby Doo Pa Pa.” (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.
The Adam Rippon Squad was one of Ten that Competed in the Four-Week Competition.
When we got here, I told myself, “I’m going to lay it all out there,” and I did. The names Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson are permanently imprinted, well printed,” Rippon said to Entertainment Tonight after the spectacular conclusion.
If he were to win the trophy, he could display it alongside his other favourite possession: the bronze medal he won with his team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
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