Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson won Dancing with the Stars: Athletes last night. The Olympic ice skater and his professional partner beat out their fellow finalists – former ice skater Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber and NFL cornerback Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess – to take home the coveted, mirror ball trophy.
ABC's abbreviated, four-week season was hosted by Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews. Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli were the judges.
Rippon, 28, is a figure skater who became the first openly gay U.S. male athlete to medal in a Winter Olympics. He earned a combined judges score of 58 out of 60 during Monday’s finale. Throughout this season’s abbreviated competition, Rippon impressed judges with his dancing skills alongside partner Jenna Johnson.
The three finalists showed off their dancing technique for the last time in two separate routines. The first was a choreographed number, but the second was the athlete’s highly-anticipated freestyle routines.
Here’s a rundown of the night’s dances, from highest to lowest judges’ score:
- Adam Rippon – 30 out of 30 for jazz; 28 out of 30 for freestyle; total 58
- Josh Norman – 27 out of 30 for foxtrot; 30 out of 30 for freestyle; total 57
- Tonya Harding – 26 out of 30 for Viennese waltz; 30 out of 30 for freestyle; total 56
I really didn't think there was any doubt who would win. Olympic skater Adam Rippon was clearly the judges' favorite throughout the series.
I must admit his freestyle was very weird...and I think the judges felt the same way