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Friday 20th July 2018

'DWTS' Season 26 Cast Revealed

The season will premiere on April 30.

The cast of the all-athlete special edition of Dancing With The Stars has finally been announced!

Season 26 of the competition will see 10 athletes compete, who between them have 15 X Games medals, 7 Olympic medals, 6 NBA titles, 5 USA Basketball medals and 2 World Series rings.

Thrown in the mix is a figure skating legend, a medal-winning snowboarder and a six-time NBA champion.

After weeks of mounting anticipation, here are the athletes who will each be taking to the dance floor to go head-to-head for the Mirrorball trophy.

Adam Rippon with Jenna Johnson

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Figure skater Adam Rippon will dance with Jenna Johnson. (Credit: ABC)

Read more: 'DWTS' Fans Suspect Past Winner Will Return for Season 26

28-year-old Adam Rippon is a professional figure skater, who won the 2010 Four Continents Championships and the 2016 U.S. National Championships.

At the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Rippon won a bronze medal as part of the figure skating team event.

Tonya Harding with Sasha Farber

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Skating legend Tonya Harding will take to the dance floor. (Credit: ABC)

Controversial figure skating legend Tonya Harding won her first skating competition at the age of five.

Over two decades ago, a 1994 attack orchestrated against her skating rival Nancy Kerrigan shattered Tonya's Olympic dreams.

Nancy Kerrigan had been practicing for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships when she was attacked by a mystery man, later revealed to be Shane Stant.

It was later disclosed that he was hired by Tonya’s bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt, to break Nancy’s leg so she could not compete at the Olympics.

Tonya admitted in court to knowing about the plot to hurt Nancy. She was barred from competitively skating again after the incident.

Arike Ogunbowale with Gleb Savchenko

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Basketball player Arike Ogunbowale will team up with Gleb. (Credit: Twitter)

Arike Ogunbowale is a junior at Notre Dame and a member of the women's basketball team.

She recently won the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player this year.

Arike is a five-time USA Basketball medalist with four gold and one silver.

Jennie Finch Daigle with Keo Motsepe

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Medal-winning softball pitcher Jennie Finch Daigle is getting her dancing shoes ready. (Credit: ABC)

Medal-winning softball pitcher Jennie Finch Daigle will be taking to the dance floor.

During the Olympics in Athens in 2004, Jennie's ASA team dominated their competitors and won the gold.

Chris Mazdzer with Witney Carson

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Chris Mazdzer is teaming up with Witney Carson. (Credit: ABC)

Chris Mazdzer, 29, made history at the 2018 Winter Olympics for becoming the first-ever American athlete to win a medal in the Men's Single Luge event.

He got his start when he was just eight years old.

Jamie Anderson with Artem Chigvintsev

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Medal-winning snowboarder Jamie Anderson is ready to compete! (Credit: ABC)

Medal-winning snowboarder Jamie Anderson will be teaming up with Chigvintsev to try and win first place.

Anderson has won a record 15 X Games medals since she was 15 years old.

She bagged a gold medal in Slopestyle at the 2018 Winter Olympic games.

Can she add the Mirrorball trophy to her list of achievements?

Mirai Nagasu with Alan Bersten

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Mirai Nagasu is swapping her skates for dancing shoes. (Credit: ABC)

Mirai Nagasu was one of the youngest figure skaters to win a national title in 2008.

She represented the U.S. in the 2018 Winter Olympics at the age of 24.

Josh Norman with Sharna Burgess

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Josh Norman is taking to the dance floor. (Credit: ABC)

Josh Norman is one of the highest-paid NFL cornerback players.

In 2016, Norman signed with the Washington Redskins after spending his previous four seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

Johnny Damon with Emma Slater

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Johhny Damon is teaming up with Emma Slater. (Credit: ABC)

Johnny Damon is a Major League Baseball player.

He won the 2004 World Series with the Boston Red Sox before signing with the New York Yankees in 2006.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Lindsay Arnold

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is putting his dancing skills to the test! (Credit: ABC)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA's all-time leading scorer, a six-time NBA champion and the league's only six-time MVP.

He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the nation's highest civilian honor - by former president Barack Obama.

These 10 hopeful athletes will be taking to the dance floor in just a matter of weeks.

The season is set to premiere on April 30.

Judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli are all set to return, along with hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.

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