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Adam Rippon, Tonya Harding among Olympians on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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Adam RipponTonya Harding, Mirai NagasuJamie Anderson, Jennie Finch and Chris Mazdzer will be on “Dancing with the Stars” this season, marking the most Olympians in the show’s 26-season history.

They make up six of the 10 contestants on an all-athlete season. The premiere is April 30.

The other four are NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NFL cornerback Josh Norman, retired baseball star Johnny Damon and Notre Dame basketball player Arike Ogunbowale.

Rippon, Harding and Nagasu look to become the third figure skater to win the Mirror Ball Trophy after Kristi Yamaguchi and Meryl Davis.

Rippon, who finished 10th at his first (and last) Olympics, is the third male skater to go on the show after Evan Lysacek and Charlie White.

Harding, fourth and eighth at the 1992 and 1994 Olympics before being banned for life by U.S. Figure Skating following the attack on Nancy Kerrigan, will compete on the series one year after Kerrigan did.

Nagasu followed Harding in becoming the second U.S. woman to land a triple Axel in international competition. Like Rippon, she was 10th in PyeongChang.

Anderson, who repeated as Olympic slopestyle champion in PyeongChang, is the third snowboarder to go dancing after Louie Vito and Amy Purdy.

Finch, a 2004 and 2008 Olympic pitcher, is the first softball player in the show’s history.

Mazdzer, the surprise life silver medalist in PyeongChang, is the first sliding sports athlete on the show.

A list of Olympians (and two Paralympians) to compete on Dancing with the Stars:

Season 1 — Evander Holyfield (1984, boxing)
Season 4 — Apolo Ohno (2002-2010, short track speed skating) — WINNER, Clyde Drexler (1992, basketball)
Season 5 — Floyd Mayweather Jr. (1996, boxing)
Season 6 — Kristi Yamaguchi (1992, figure skating) — WINNER, Monica Seles (1996-2000, tennis)
Season 7 — Maurice Greene (2000-2004, track and field), Misty May-Treanor (2000-2012, volleyball)
Season 8 — Shawn Johnson (2008, gymnastics) — WINNER
Season 9 — Louie Vito (2010, snowboarding), Natalie Coughlin (2004-2012, swimming)
Season 10 — Evan Lysacek (2006-2010, figure skating)
Season 12 — Sugar Ray Leonard (1976, boxing)
Season 13 — Hope Solo (2004-2016, soccer)
Season 14 — Martina Navratilova (2004, tennis)
Season 15 — Shawn Johnson, Apolo Ohno
Season 16 — Dorothy Hamill (1976, figure skating), Aly Raisman (2012-2016, gymnastics)
Season 18 — Meryl Davis (2010-2014, figure skating) — WINNER, Charlie White (2010-2014, figure skating), Amy Purdy (2014, snowboarding)
Season 19 — Lolo Jones (2008, 2012, 2014, track and field/bobsled)
Season 20 — Nastia Liukin (2008, gymnastics)
Season 23 — Laurie Hernandez (2016, gymnastics) — WINNER, Ryan Lochte (2004-2016, swimming)
Season 24 — Simone Biles (2016, gymnastics), Nancy Kerrigan (1992-94, figure skating)
Season 25 — Victoria Arlen (2012, swimming)

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Top luge moments from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games

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From Chris Mazdzer’s silver to Germany’s dominance, the luge did not disappoint in PyeongChang. Here are the best moments from the 2018 Winter Games:

Chris Mazdzer wins historic silver for Team USA

No U.S. man had ever won a medal in singles luge. Erin Hamlin won the first singles medal four years ago in Sochi. But Mazdzer put together four fantastic runs to snag a a surprising silver. Mazdzer couldn’t stop smiling and having fun after his silver, and for good reason.

“Two Tobis” repeat in doubles luge

The “Two Tobis,” Tobias Arlt and Tobias Wendl kept up the German dominance in the doubles luge, winning gold by 0.088 seconds. It was their second consecutive Olympic title, and they added one more in the team relay (see below). Team Germany made plenty of noise on the luge track.

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Germany repeat as luge relay champions, Team USA finishes 4th

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Gold: Germany (Natalie Geisenberger, Johannes Ludwig, and Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt)
Silver: Canada (Alex Gough, Sam Edney, and Tristan Walker and Justin Snith)
Bronze: Austria (Madelein Egle, David Gleirscher, and Peter Penz and Georg Fischler)

The German team won gold in the luge again. Ho hum. Natalie Geisenberger, Johannes Ludwig, and Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt defended the country’s gold from 2014 with another dominant victory in the luge team relay. If it wasn’t for Felix Loch’s disastrous final run in men’s singles luge, Germany would have swept gold medals across the luge. Instead, the relay win gave the Germans their sixth medal — and third gold — of the games, winning over a third of the luge hardware given out in PyeongChang.

Germany’s time of 2:2T.KT gave them the win by TKT seconds. The Canadian team of Alex Gough, Sam Edney, and Tristan Walker and Justin Snith won silver and the team of Madelein Egle, David Gleirscher, and Peter Penz and Georg Fischler from Austria finished in the bronze medal position.

The U.S. team of Summer Britcher, Chris Mazdzer, and Matthew Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth, only 0.103 out of third.

Each relay team is made up of one women’s sled, a men’s sled, and a doubles sled. The race is run as one continuous race, same as a relay in swimming or track. The women’s sled runs first — as soon as she crosses the finish line she must hit an overhead touchpad. That touchpad opens the gates for the men’s sled. He goes down, and once he hits the touchpad, the doubles team can proceed. Once they finish, the team’s race is over.

Watch luge highlights and catch up on the action around PyeongChang by clicking here