A-DAM RIP-PON [clap, clap, clap clap clap] (with his equally gorgeous partner Jenna Johnson; Craig Sjodin/ABC)

The "DWTS" All-Athletes Cast Is Kind of Epic

Team USA is totally taking over "Dancing with the Stars" this season! Casting for the upcoming athletes-only "DWTS" cycle, which kicks off April 30, was just announced. And the roster includes a whole bunch of Olympic favorites—including not one, not two, but three figure-skating standouts.


Look, OK: we know everyone's going to be talking about Tonya Harding. Of course they are. It's the year of Tonya, after all, and we have zero doubts that she'll put on a very entertaining show. We're also excited to see what Pyeongchang pairs bronze medalist Mirai Nagasu, who has such a beautifully balletic upper body, will bring to the competition.

But we'll be honest: We're 1000 percent in this for Adam Rippon. If he can nail gorgeous Benji Schwimmer choreography while wearing figure skates, what kind of gloriousness will he be able to unleash on the decidedly not-ice floor of the "DWTS" ballroom? The costume potential alone is enough to send our brains into glitter overdrive. GET THOSE BEDAZZLERS READY, "DWTS" DESIGNERS.

Here's the full lineup of celebs and pros. Tune in to ABC at 8 pm on April 30 to see who's up to the cha-cha-challenge of the competition!

Tonya Harding with Sasha Farber

Adam Rippon with Jenna Johnson

Mirai Nagasu with Alan Bersten

Snowboarder Jamie Anderson with Artem Chigvintsev

Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Lindsay Arnold

College basketball player Arike Ogunbowale with Gleb Savchenko

Olympic luger Chris Mazdzer with Witney Carson

Olympic softball medalist Jennie Finch Daigle with Keo Motsepe

Baseball legend Johnny Damon with Emma Slater

Football player Josh Norman with Sharna Burgess

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