Celebrities could learn gymnastics from Olympians in a new TV series.
“Celebrity Champions,” is the working title, and Core Media Group, the parent company for “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” confirmed reports that the show is in active development and discussions to find a network home.
1984 Olympic all-around champion Mary Lou Retton would be the anchor judge for the show with Magnificent Seven leader Shannon Miller and 2004 Olympic all-around champion Paul Hamm also attached to participate, according to Deadline.com.
Core Media Group said it couldn’t confirm specific names with the show still in the development stage.
Miller, a seven-time Olympic medalist, has been asked to be part of the discussion about possibly serving as a judge on the show, she said in a phone interview Friday.
“I’m like everyone else,” Miller said. “I’m waiting to hear what the next step is.”
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The 2018 Winter Games are over, but that doesn’t mean we’ll forget all the amazing heights reached by American athletes. Take a look back at a few of them here with an added twist, powered by Giphy:
My 18 most dominant gold medalists at the Olympics, choosing at least one from each sport.
1. Ester Ledecka, Czech Republic, Alpine Skiing/Snowboarding
Arguably the greatest athlete on the planet after taking surprise gold in Alpine skiing’s super-G and snowboarding’s parallel giant slalom (where she was the clear favorite). The 22-year-old became the third athlete to win individual Winter Olympic gold medals in different sports, the first since 1932 and the first woman. The other two were done in cross-country skiing and Nordic combined, the latter being a mixture of ski jumping and cross-country skiing. Ledecka’s feat was certainly more impressive.
2. Marit Bjørgen, Norway, Cross-Country Skiing
The most decorated athlete at the Games with five medals, including two golds. Bigger, though, is that the 37-year-old mom broke countryman Ole Einar Bjørndalen’s record for career Winter Olympic medals, finishing with 15. She also tied Bjørndalen and Bjørn Dæhlie’s record of eight Winter Olympic titles by winning the last event of the Games, the 30km, by 109 seconds, the largest Olympic cross-country margin of victory in 38 years. In her final career Olympic race.
3. Yun Sung-Bin, South Korea, Skeleton
Under host-nation pressure, the man in the Iron Man helmet had the fastest run in each of the four heats and won by 1.63 seconds, the largest margin in Olympic skeleton history.
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