Dancing with the Stars: Athletes airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC

By Natalie Stone
May 07, 2018 10:18 PM
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Dancing with the Stars: Athletes served up a double header and a double elimination in week two of the competition.

The remaining eight contestants performed two dances throughout the two-hour episode on Monday: first with their pro partners and second in a team dance round.

For the team competition, the athletes were split into two groups: Teams ’50s Tennis (Tonya Harding, Josh Norman, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Chris Mazdzer) and Team ’70s Football (Arike Ogunbowale, Adam Rippon, Mirai Nagasu and Jenni Finch Daigle).

Team ’50s Tennis was awarded 33/40 from the judges — Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and guest judge and DWTS Mirrorball champ Rashad Jennings — and Team ’70s Football was awarded 37/40.

Minutes before the end of the live taping, co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews announced that three couples were in jeopardy of elimination at the halfway mark of the reality dance competition: Abdul-Jabbar and Lindsay Arnold, Mazdzer and Witney Carson, and Ogunbowale and Gleb Savchenko.

“The couple who is safe is … Chris and Witney,” Andrews said.

“And that means Arike and Gleb, Kareem and Lindsay have to leave the competition now,” added Bergeron.

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Arike Ogunbowale
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After being cut from the competition, Ogunbowale, 21, told Bergeron about her experience: “It was fun while it lasted.”

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For her final night of the competition, Ogunbowale — Notre Dame’s national championship hero — and pro partner Savchenko danced a foxtrot, which was awarded 33/40 from the judges. NBA legend Abdul-Jabbar, 71, and Arnold danced a salsa for their final number of the competition and were awarded 26/40.

LINDSAY ARNOLD, KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR
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For the Athletes edition of the series, 10 current or former athletes signed up to compete throughout a special four-week cycle, during which they will go head-to-head for the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

Dancing with the Stars: Athletes airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.