Nancy Kerrigan won figure skating bronze and silver at the 1992 and 1994 Olympic Winter Games. She blogged for TeamUSA.org each week during her journey on season 24 of “Dancing with the Stars.”
Let me tell you... it was not easy to sit at home and watch shows 8 and 9 of “Dancing with the Stars.” I wanted to be there. I wanted to dance more. I wanted to learn more dance moves.
I really had a great time with the show and recommend it to anyone who gets a chance to participate. And for those of you who don't, go out and dance. It is so much fun. I am thinking of getting a group of family and friends together to take ballroom dancing lessons. It’s a great bonding activity and good exercise.
Now for the finale. I got to LA on Thursday after being home for a couple of weeks. On the way to LA I stopped in New York to attend the Paley Honors. What a great event to celebrate women in television. I was able to spend some time catching up with Olympians like Dorothy Hamill, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Donna de Varona, which was nice.
For our last dance we decided we would recreate the samba to Ricky Martin's “Shake Your Bon-Bon.” Seems a lot of people liked that number and the producers agreed we could give it some additional production value, so it sounded like fun.
Was great to get to the first rehearsal and see everyone. Then on Friday we had rehearsal just for our number with additional dancers and a couple of new moves. I think Artem was a little surprised at how quickly I remembered the dance so we were able to end early, which gave me time to go to a cocktail reception for the official opening of Kym Johnson Herjavec's dance studio.
Saturday turned out to be a light day as all we had to do was block our number, so I explored LA a bit, and then on Sunday we had a long rehearsal with the whole group for the opening and some other elements of the Tuesday show which was going to be 2 ½ hours long!
On Monday I went to the show and sat with several of the celebrities, which was nice. Chris Kattan kept a running commentary, which was very funny.
Then Tuesday came and I went through the whole sequence of hair, makeup, rehearsal, etc. for the last time, which definitely had some emotion attached to it.
I am going to miss all this, for sure, as it was a great experience. But before going home I want to congratulate all the celebrities and in particular Rashad Jennings and David Ross, who finished atop the standings. They both put on a great show over the course of 10 weeks, which isn't easy, and Rashad is a well-deserved champion.
I also want to thank everyone from the hair and makeup department to the wardrobe people, all of the professional dancers, the DWTS staff and production crew, and of course Artem who was a great partner and teacher, and my family. I know it wasn't easy having me gone so much.
And last but not least, a huge thanks to the fans. It was so exciting for me to connect with you through such a different medium. I really enjoyed that most of all!