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Nancy Kerrigan On The Pressure Of Being The First To Perform On “Dancing With The Stars”

By Nancy Kerrigan, Two-Time Olympic Figure Skating Medalist | March 28, 2017, 2:31 p.m. (ET)

Nancy Kerrigan and partner Artem Chigvintsev dance the Cha Cha on the second episode of season 24 of "Dancing with the Stars."


Nancy Kerrigan won figure skating bronze and silver at the 1992 and 1994 Olympic Winter Games. Follow along as she blogs for TeamUSA.org each week during her journey on season 24 of “Dancing with the Stars.”

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I spent the week training at home in Massachusetts trying to learn the Cha Cha with my partner Artem (Chigvintsev), while also keeping things "normal" for the kids. Not easy! It really makes you salute those moms who juggle being mom, wife and wage earner.

This week's dance was completely different than last week's Viennese Waltz. It's faster, sexier and even uses different shoes. And we had less time to learn it... yikes!

Add to that the fact that Week 2 is the first of the elimination weeks and I could feel the pressure increasing.

But Artem and I practiced hard and I made sure I got a massage to ease the pain so I felt ready for Monday night.

Show day was another long one with a 6:50 a.m. call time so we could rehearse to the live band for the first time. Then on to the "glam" session for hair and makeup and dress rehearsal.

I knew last night might be a little tough when I learned that we were dancing first. With all the excitement of the show opening, that is probably the toughest spot in the show. And I got a little nervous and flustered as the music started but found my footing once we came down the stairs and thought we ended up doing a nice performance. We scored a 28 out of 40; we can do better though!

Next week is "Vegas Week," which will no doubt be a lot of fun and after all, that really is the name of the game. I am having a blast and look forward to the next dance, which is the samba.