09:03 AM EDT 08/24/2014
Originally posted 03/31/2014 06:50AM
Peta Murgatroyd is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 14 – only her second season on the series – with Donald Driver. The Australia native will blog for PEOPLE about competing with Big Time Rush band member James Maslow during the show's 18th season.
Rehearsals have been so good, but James is so tired right now. Oh, my god, the jive is kicking his butt. But I'm still relishing in the success of last week's performance. He had great technique and he mastered all the lifts. I just thought he put on a great show, so I was very, very happy.
Originally posted 03/24/2014 10:25PM
Monday night's Dancing with the Stars kicked off with a selection of surprises.
Not only did contestants learn right at the beginning that there was a double elimination to take place during the show, but the leader board's lowest scorer Billy Dee Williams – whose face expressed fear of being sent home – was saved almost immediately, and went on to dance a 15-point tango with Emma Slater that judge Len Goodman said "didn't have enough attack."
Before getting to the unfortunate two who were forced to bid adieu, here's a recap of how the night went overall:
Originally posted 03/04/2014 08:25AM
From former child stars to young musicians, the 18th season of Dancing with the Stars is filled with an eclectic mix of competitors. But the most interesting may be the casting of Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
Davis, 27, and White, 26, ruled the rink at last month's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, winning the gold medal in ice dancing. Now they'll battle in the ballroom – but against each other for the mirror ball trophy. White will dance with Sharna Burgess, while Davis will shimmy with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Valentin's brother, who is back after taking last season off.
The 12 new contestants on ABC's hit show were announced Tuesday morning on Good Morning America.
See the rest of the competitors below:
Originally posted 09/30/2013 06:00PM
After completing a grueling 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, Diana Nyad spent a week recovering on Dairy Queen milkshakes.
"I stayed away from food for a week," she says, explaining the inside of her mouth was severely damaged from the salt water. "I was more dazed and physically exhausted than I thought I was going to be."
But that's not stopping her from gearing up for another big swim.
Originally posted 09/11/2013 02:05PM
Addressing her skeptics, Diana Nyad claimed the right to set the ground rules for future swims from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.
"I swam. We made it, our team, from the rocks of Cuba to the beach of Florida, in squeaky-clean, ethical fashion," Nyad said.
Speculation that she had gotten into or held onto a boat during part of her 53-hour journey drove Nyad and her team to hold a lengthy conference call Tuesday night with about a dozen members of the marathon swimming community.
Originally posted 09/09/2013 08:25AM
Diana Nyad's 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida has generated positive publicity and adoration for the 64-year-old endurance athlete – along with skepticism from some members of the small community of marathon swimmers who are questioning whether she accomplished the feat honestly.
On social media and the online Marathon Swimmers Forum, long-distance swimmers have been debating whether Nyad got a boost from the boat that was accompanying her – either by getting in it or holding onto it – during a particularly speedy stretch of her swim.
Originally posted 09/04/2013 03:00PM
I like to swim. It's a great form of exercise, it's easy on the joints, and a way to get some fresh air. I try to swim for 20 to 30 minutes when I get the opportunity. Afterwards, I'm physically exhausted!
Diana Nyad also likes to swim. On Monday, she swam from Cuba to Miami. It took her 53 hours (or 3,180 minutes) to swim 110 miles in open ocean water that was loaded with sharks, jellyfish and giant waves.
Oh, and did I mention, Diana is in her mid-60s?
Originally posted 09/04/2013 06:45AM
Diana Nyad may have finally completed her long-held dream of swimming from Cuba to Florida, but even at an age where many people are thinking about retirement, she isn't planning to slow down.
The 64-year-old Nyad plans to swim for 48 hours straight next month, accompanied by celebrities swimming laps alongside her, in a specially designed swimming pool that will be erected in New York City to raise money for Superstorm Sandy survivors.
Although the swimmer insists she isn't trying to prove anything – "I didn't do this because I was in my 60s. I just happened to be in my 60s," she says – she acknowledges that her success is having an impact, "not just on people of my generation but on younger people."
Originally posted 09/02/2013 02:15PM
Looking dazed and sunburned, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad walked onto the Key West shore Monday, becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage.
Nyad arrived at the beach just before 2 p.m. EDT, about 53 hours after she began her swim in Havana on Saturday.
As she approached, spectators surrounded her in the water, taking pictures and cheering her on. Once on the beach, she was put on a stretcher and received medical treatment, including an IV. Her lips were swollen.
President Barack Obama Tweeted: "Congratulations to @DianaNyad. Never give up on your dreams."
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