'Dancing With the Stars: Athletes': The Top 5 Pairs to Watch

Emily Aslanian

They first went for the gold, and now they have their eyes on the Mirror Ball trophy.

The celebrity contestants on Dancing With the Stars — all athletes, many of whom competed in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics — will have only four weeks to wow both the judges (Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli) and the voting audience in this truncated Season 26.

Along with Winter Olympians, the aspiring dancers also include former basketball pro Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; retired baseball player Johnny Damon; retired softball player Jennie Finch Daigle; Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman; and college basketball player Arike Ogunbowale.

“The slow starters of the group had better get going,” former pro Louis Van Amstel advises of the short amount of training time. Van Amstel now runs the Dancing-inspired fitness program LaBlast, which he explains was created specifically for fans of the show. "LaBlast is ballroom dancing, partner-free and includes all of the dances on Dancing With the Stars." He also adds: "It's to ensure people get a workout, break a sweat, and lose weight just like the celebrities on the show." (Sound good? Get your free week of LaBlast here).

Here, Van Amstel picks which pairs he thinks can tango their way to the top.

Dancing With the Stars: Athletes, Season Premiere, April 30, 8/7c (The finale is May 21)