Two-time Olympian Jennie Finch to appear on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars: Athletes

April 13, 2018, 9:55 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – One of the most recognized athletes in the sport of softball, two-time Olympian Jennie Finch will be competing on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars, as announced by ABC today.  Finch joins a cast of nine other athletes, ranging from Olympians to professional athletes who will compete to win the coveted mirror ball trophy.

Finch was named to the USA Softball Women's National Team in 2001 and competed for the Red, White and Blue through her retirement in 2010.  At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, Finch was 2-0 from the circle en route to a Gold Medal finish for the U.S. Women.  At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Finch compiled another 2-0 performance as the U.S. claimed Silver at the sport's last Olympic Games.  In addition to her Olympic accolades, Finch is a four-time World Cup of Softball Gold Medalist, three-time World Champion and two-time Pan American Games Gold Medalist as a member of Team USA.


In addition to her career highlights, Finch has also appeared on episodes of Pros vs. Joes,  The Real Housewives of Orange County and was a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice in 2008.  In 2004, she was named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People".  Finch is married to former professional baseball player Casey Daigle and the couple have three children – Ace, Diesel, and Paisley. Finch holds Jennie Finch Softball Camps across the U.S. and has a softball academy at Diamond Nation in Flemington, N.J.


Dancing with the Stars, which enters its 26th season, kicks off with each of the 10 athletes being paired up with a pro dancer, then follows their preparation and hard work as they hit the dance floor for the most competitive season ever. Each week these athletes will leave their comfort zones and endure hours of grueling rehearsals to master new dance styles and technical choreography to perform a dance. A panel of ballroom experts will judge the competitive dances and along with viewer votes, those scores will determine who advances in the competition. In the end, only one athlete will rise above the rest to be crowned champion and win the coveted mirror ball trophy.


Catch the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars on April 30 at 7 p.m. CT on ABC.  To find out more information on this season of Dancing with the Stars and to find a list of contestants competing, visit

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USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 69 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.


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