Olympic star Adam Rippon crowned 'Dancing with the Stars' winner
Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon is the winner of the all-athletes season of ‘Dancing With The Stars’.
Together with dance partner Jenna Johnson, the PyeongChang 2018 bronze medallist danced and dazzled his way to the title.
Another Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding and her partner Sasha Farber tied for second place alongside NFL Star Josh Norman and partner Sharna Burgees.
Rippon becomes the sixth Olympian to win the mirror ball trophy.
Rippon and Johnson's first dance on the deciding night was a jazz routine to ‘Anything You Can Do’ that left the judges gobsmacked.
It earned them a perfect score of 30 and a standing ovation.
“It’s been above and beyond everything I thought it would be,” Rippon said after their sensational performance.
“The Mirrorball has now taken a new meaning, someone like me is accepted and feel loved."
Tonya Harding opened her evening with a Viennesse dance that scored 26, while Redskins cornerback Norman nailed 27 points for his Foxtrot.
Attention then turned to freestyle in the final round of dances.
Now it was Tonya Harding's turn to shine as together with Farber she captured a perfect score for the first time dancing to 'I Will Survive'.
Norman and Burgess also scored top marks - before the spotlight fell on Rippon and Johnson one last time.
They did not quite hit the heights of their opening performance, but dancing to 'Scooby Doo Pa Pa' by DJ Kass, Rippon still scored a 28 (9,9,10)
“This freestyle is different, quirky and fun and totally embodies me as a person and I want to share that with America,” Rippon said of the routine, for which he wore a bowl cut black wig.
Rippon was one of the ten teams of athletes who competed in the shortened four-week cycle.
“We came here and I said, I’m gonna put it all out there and I did. May the record show, Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson’s names are forever engraved, well printed,” Rippon told Entertainment Tonight after the glittering finale.
The trophy would go next to his other prized possession - his Olympic bronze medal, won in the team event at PyeongChang 2018.
‘‘This has been such an incredible experience.’’
The 28-year-old is the third figure skater to win ‘Dancing with the Stars’ after Kristi Yamaguchi and Meryl Davis.