May 14, 2018, 9:16 p.m. (ET)
Chris Mazdzer has spent his nearly two-decade career competing horizontally with the goal of moving as little as possible. So suffice it to say the three-time Olympic luger, who won America's first men's singles medal at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, was not pegged as a favorite when "Dancing with the Stars: Athletes" premiered last month. But Mazdzer proved many wrong, emerging as one of the show's top-performing - and most surprising - dancers. With a 21 of 30 for his salsa and a 33 of 40 for his Viennese waltz, Mazdzer and partner/professional dancer Witney Carson have advanced to the third of four weeks of competition on the reality competition show. While at their rehearsals in Los Angeles, Mazdzer and Carson shared with the dynamics of their relationship and Mazdzer's strengths and weaknesses as a dancer.