'Dancing With The Stars' Athletes You'll Love Or Hate, From Tonya Harding To Adam Rippon

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Published: 05:58 BST, 15 May 2018 | Updated: 14:44 BST, 15 May 2018

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Tonya Harding sobbed while talking about her deceased father on Dancing With The Stars during the semifinals on Monday of the athletes-only edition.

Her tears soon dried, however, when she was catapulted to next week's final alongside Adam Rippon and Josh Norman.

Tonya, a 47-year-old former figure skater, danced a rumba in memory of her deceased father Al Harding.

Athletes only: Tonya Harding after dedicating her performance to her late father on Monday's episode of Dancing With The Stars advanced to next week's finals

Athletes only: Tonya Harding after dedicating her performance to her late father on Monday's episode of Dancing With The Stars advanced to next week's finals

'My daddy, I lost my dad nine years ago,' recalled Tonya, who was notoriously banned from figure skating after a brutal cheating scandal.

'When I lost my dad I lost my very best friend. ...He loved his little girl and I loved him,' continued the disgraced Olympian, who has a famously tumultuous relationship with her mother.

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'When everybody else in the world was against me, my dad was still in my corner,' she sobbed.

Tonya was still emotional when she finished her dance saying: 'I brought him [her father] onto the dance floor to show everybody what real love is, stop hate.'

Emotional performance: The 47-year-old figure skater danced a rumba with pro partner Sasha Farber

Emotional performance: The 47-year-old figure skater danced a rumba with pro partner Sasha Farber

Graceful performance: The disgraced Olympian chose her late father as her personal MVP

Graceful performance: The disgraced Olympian chose her late father as her personal MVP

Strong start: Sasha smiled as he started dancing with Tonya

Strong start: Sasha smiled as he started dancing with Tonya

Fond memories: Tonya talked glowingly about her late father Al Harding Daddy's girl: The Oregon native's father Al died in 2009

Fond memories: Tonya talked glowingly about her late father Al Harding

Tonya scored 33 out of 40 points with her pro partner Sasha Farber.

'Good motion and emotion, well done,' praised Bruno Tonioli.

Three athletes were eliminated as Chris Mazdzer, Jennie Finch Daigle and Mirai Nagasu were sent home.

Big hug: DWTS host Tom Bergeron hugged Tonya after her emotional rumba

Big hug: DWTS host Tom Bergeron hugged Tonya after her emotional rumba

Father and daughter: Tony was shown as a little girl beaming while holding up catch with her father Al Harding

Father and daughter: Tony was shown as a little girl beaming while holding up catch with her father Al Harding

Ocean practice: Sasha and Tonya practiced their moves on the beach

Ocean practice: Sasha and Tonya practiced their moves on the beach

Paid off: The practice paid off as Tonya and Sasha advanced to the finals

Paid off: The practice paid off as Tonya and Sasha advanced to the finals

During the show each contestant danced twice – one 'ballroom battle' routine and one personal dance 'honoring their MVPs in their lives'.

The guest judge was retired Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross, a runner up of DWTS in season 24.

'The man who has more wardrobe changes than Cher,' joked the host Tom Bergeron.

Guest judge: Former Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross was back as a guest judge

Guest judge: Former Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross was back as a guest judge

Baseball star: The former MLB star was runner-up in season 24

Baseball star: The former MLB star was runner-up in season 24

Figure skater Mirai dedicated a quickstep to her mother, a Japanese immigrant who worked hard to support Mirai throughout her sporting career.

'I became a figure skater because of my mom,' said the 25-year-old Olympian whose family runs a sushi restaurant in Southern California.

Mirai scored 35 points with her pro-partner Alan Bersten.

Figure skater: Mirai Nagasu dedicated her performance to her mother

Figure skater: Mirai Nagasu dedicated her performance to her mother

Golden girl: The figure skater scored 35 points for her routine

Golden girl: The figure skater scored 35 points for her routine

'You are a boss,' David told her.

'Bright, light, buzzing, like watching a firefly in full flight,' exclaimed Bruno.

Famous softball pitcher Jennie danced a Viennese waltz with Keo Motsepe.

Last dance: Jennie Finch Daigle performed a Viennese waltz with Keo Motsepe

Last dance: Jennie Finch Daigle performed a Viennese waltz with Keo Motsepe

The 37-year-old chose her husband, former MLB player Casey Daigle, as her MVP.

She danced to Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's love song The Rest Of Our Life.

'Sometimes I feel like she's part angel,' gushed Casey about his wife.

Husband and wife: Former MLB pitcher Casey Daigle gushed about his wife Jennie

Husband and wife: Former MLB pitcher Casey Daigle gushed about his wife Jennie

Jennie scored 29 points.

'There was one or two unstable moments,' remarked Len Goodman.

'I love the joy,' added Carrie Ann Inaba.

Loving it: Carrie Ann Inaba praised Jennie's performance

Loving it: Carrie Ann Inaba praised Jennie's performance

Olympic luger Chris Mazdzer danced a foxtrot for his mother.

'I am a DWTS super fan,' beamed Chris' mom Mary Lawthers.

Twenty nine-year-old Chris scored 33 points with his pro partner Witney Carson.

Smooth moves: Olympic luger Chris Mazdzer danced a foxtrot with Witney Carson

Smooth moves: Olympic luger Chris Mazdzer danced a foxtrot with Witney Carson

For mom: Chris also dedicated his performance to his MVP mother

For mom: Chris also dedicated his performance to his MVP mother

'I think I've been razzle dazzled by that foxtrot,' smiled Bruno, while Carrie picked up on a technical error.

'We don't allow lifts in that number,' she noted.

Figure skater Adam danced a contemporary routine to Coldplay with Jenna Johnson.

Caged dancer: Adam and Jenna Johnson danced a contemporary routine to Coldplay

Caged dancer: Adam and Jenna Johnson danced a contemporary routine to Coldplay

His MVP was his mother Kelly.

'It's hard when your mom is a single mother of six kids, and my mom sacrificed a lot for me to get to the rink,' recalled Adam

The 28-year-old sobbed when he recalled coming out as gay in his early twenties.

Single mom: The Olympian also dedicated his performance to his mother who raised six children as a single mom

Single mom: The Olympian also dedicated his performance to his mother who raised six children as a single mom

'It didn't matter to her,' he cried.

Tearful Adam earned 39 points.

'I'm a beautiful cryer,' he joked.

Tears flowing: Adam cried while talking about his supportive mother Kelly

Tears flowing: Adam cried while talking about his supportive mother Kelly

'By far my favorite dance tonight,' remarked David, while Carrie Ann called it 'pure perfection.'

NFL player Josh Norman did a contemporary, dedicated to his four 'trash talking' brothers - Phillip, Orlando, Marrio and Renaldo.

'My brothers and I, it was definitely like a wolf pack, and as we got older we stuck together like that,' he said.

NFL star: Sharna Burgess talked to Josh Norman about his four brothers

NFL star: Sharna Burgess talked to Josh Norman about his four brothers

Wolf pack: Josh spoke about growing up with brothers as a 'wolf pack'

Wolf pack: Josh spoke about growing up with brothers as a 'wolf pack'

The brothers: Philip, Orlando, Mario and Ronaldo supported their brother Josh

The brothers: Philip, Orlando, Mario and Ronaldo supported their brother Josh

The 30-year-old Washington Redskins player took 36 points for his elegant routine with Sharna Burgess.

'The lifts were seamless,' commended Len.

Next came the ballroom battles, with Tonya pitted against Jennie in the first battle.

Elegant routine: Josh didn't disappoint his brothers and nailed his dance with Sharna

Elegant routine: Josh didn't disappoint his brothers and nailed his dance with Sharna

Strong lifts: The Washington Redskins star was praised for his lifts with Sharna

Strong lifts: The Washington Redskins star was praised for his lifts with Sharna

Their guest mentor was 28-year-old former gymnast and DWTS season 20 competitor Nastia Liukin.

'For Tonya this is really all about redemption,' said Nastia.

Tonya won the round in the judges' vote, but American voters went with Jennie, at 60 percent.

Guest mentor: Nastia Liukin was back as a guest mentor

Guest mentor: Nastia Liukin was back as a guest mentor

Adam was up against his friend of 10 years Mirai.

'Message to Adam, may the best woman win,' joked Mirai.

Their mentor was 31-year-old Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis, who won DWTS in season 18.

Ballroom battle: Jennie and Tonya squared off in a ballroom battle

Ballroom battle: Jennie and Tonya squared off in a ballroom battle

Special guest: Olympics star and former DWTS champ Meryl Davis also was a guest mentor

Special guest: Olympics star and former DWTS champ Meryl Davis also was a guest mentor

'The quality was extraordinary…you were both excellent,' said Bruno afterward, and it was a tie in the judges' vote.

America voted 64 percent in favor of Adam.

Chris was versus Josh with 29-year-old NFL star Von Miller from DWTS season 22 as their coach.

Close competition: Adam and Mirai competed against each other

Close competition: Adam and Mirai competed against each other

'We're a fraternity of brothers in the National Football League,' said Josh.

'I'm just glad I don't have to take off my shirt to compete with that,' said David afterward, but Bruno ripped his clothes open to reveal his hairless torso.

Josh won the judges' vote and Chris received 55 percent of the public vote.

The DWTS finale will air next Monday on ABC.

Shirt off: Chris and Josh unbuttoned their shirts during their ballroom battle

Shirt off: Chris and Josh unbuttoned their shirts during their ballroom battle

Him too: Bruno got into it and also took off his shirt

Him too: Bruno got into it and also took off his shirt

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