Tonya Harding, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar among 'Dancing With the Stars: Athletes' cast

Stitches dances D.C. to Tampa

Stitches dances D.C. to Tampa

And soon after the official photos of the contestants were shared as they were glammed up in sequins and suits.

After pro Lindsay Arnold lost to Olympic luge silver medalist Chris Mazdzer, Strahan invited pro Sasha Farber to step up to the challenge with one of the Internet's favorite athlete of the 2018 winter Olympics, Adam Rippon, the first openly gay U.S. Olympian.

Fans will watch these athletes compete for the mirrorball trophy when Dancing with the Stars returns with Season 26 on Monday, April 30 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.

Emmitt Smith, Apolo Anton Ohno, Kristi Yamaguchi, Hines Ward, and Donald Driver are among the athletes who have won the competition in its 13-year history.

This cast boasts 15 X Games medals, seven Olympic medals, six NBA titles, five US basketball medals, and two World Series rings.

"Dancing with the Stars: Athletes" is produced by BBC Studios.

Athlete: Jennie Finch Daigle, two-time Olympic medal victor in softball.

The day before the list of pro's was released, with Mark Ballas, Val and Maks Chmerkovsky, and Peta Murgatroyd noticeably absent from the roster.

Dancing with the Stars: Athletes' cast for this spring season has been officially announced.

Fellow dancer Artem Chigvintsev said he expects it to be an especially competitive season.

'Each week these athletes will leave their comfort zones and endure hours of grueling rehearsals to master new dance styles and technical choreography to perform a dance'.

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