Dancing with the Stars has a new champion!
After a fierce four-week cycle, the all-athletes edition of the reality dance competition crowned its season 26 winner on Monday evening’s finale.
Three athletes and their pro partners — Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson, Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber, and Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess — went head-to-head in the final night of the season, but it was Rippon who was awarded the Mirrorball Trophy from co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.
“The Mirrorball has now taken on a new meaning, someone like me is accepted and I feel loved,” the Olympic ice skater said before his freestyle dance.
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Ahead of the DWTS: Athletes premiere, PEOPLE revealed photos of the revamped set — including a new screen on the main stage that can split open and a jumbotron — as well as the new special edition version of the Mirrorball Trophy, which reads “Athletes.”
Rippon was among 10 teams of athletes and pro dancers who went head-to-head for the trophy during the shortened four-week cycle and each returned for the glittery finale.