As Dancing with the Stars: Athletes kicked off its limited run on Monday night, several surprising front-runners emerged from the pack of ten athletes. While not the highest scoring couple (23/30), infamous ice skating legend Tonya Harding and partner Sasha Farber proved a joy to watch in the ballroom. Harding received high praise from the judges for her bright and breezy fox trot and for her natural musicality, while the performance itself genuinely seemed to be one of redemption. "I was very excited; I wanted to just go out and do the best that I could and have fun doing it -- and I did," an exuberant Harding gushed to MediaVillage after the show. "Sasha turned me into a lady, a graceful lady, on the dance floor and I showed America that I deserve to be here and to be a part of this truly amazing event with other great and truly amazing athletes."
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