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Three skaters to appear on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Rippon, Nagasu, Harding part of all-athlete cast on four-week-long show
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Figure skaters Mirai Nagasu, Adam Rippon and Tonya Harding will compete on the upcoming season of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes.' -ABC/Craig Sjodin

Adam Rippon, Mirai Nagasu and Tonya Harding will compete on Season 26 of Dancing with the Stars, ABC announced Friday on Good Morning America.

Rippon, Nagasu and Harding are the seventh, eighth and ninth figure skaters to appear on the program. Two of the previous six danced off with the mirror ball trophy: 1992 Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi (Season 6) and 2014 Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis (Season 18). The other four skaters who have competed on the show are 2010 Olympic champion Evan Lysacek (Season 10 runner-up), 1976 Olympic champion Dorothy Hamill (Season 16), 2014 Olympic champion Charlie White (Season 18) and two-time Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan (Season 24).

Rippon just completed a season in which he won silver at both of his Grand Prix events, qualified for the Grand Prix Final and was named to his first Olympic team. He was part of the U.S. squad that won the bronze in the team event in PyeongChang. He will partner with Jenna Johnson, an eight-season veteran of Dancing with the Stars.

This past season, Nagasu earned the silver medal at the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and was named to her second Olympic team. In the free skate of the team event, she became the first U.S. woman to land a triple axel at the Olympic Games. She will compete with Alan Bertsen, who is making his second appearance as a professional on the show. 

Harding is a two-time Olympian and the 1991 world silver medalist. Sasha Farber, who has made four previous appearances on the show as a pro dancer, will partner Harding.

This season of Dancing with the Stars differs from the previous 25 in that the contestants are all athletes and it lasts only four weeks. The rest of the Season 26 cast includes NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, baseball player Johnny Damon, softball player Jennie Finch, football player Josn Norman, basketball player Arike Ogunbowale, snowboarder Jamie Anderson and luger Chris Mazdzer.

The show will premiere Monday, April 30, on ABC.