“I don’t know what I got myself into but I want to win that Mirror Ball Trophy. I can’t say who my partner is going to be yet, but let’s just say – she’s the bomb:) I’m excited to compete outside of my comfort zone.” - Hines Ward quote and picture above from his Facebook Page.
Sports Radio Interview also has a cool interview up with Hines Ward. In the interview, he talks about never dancing before, his partner Kym, a little on their first dance, the new challenge, and more. See a snippet below. But, be sure to check the link for more especially if you are a football fan to him. I like how he has a new found respect for ladies who wear high heels. This pair is going to be fun to watch as well!
Just how good of a dancer is he?
“Oh, I like to cut up the rug at the club. But I’ve never ballroom danced before. That’s a whole other level itself. The good thing about is nobody’s ever ballroom danced before.”
On how he got on the show — was he contacted or did his associates approach the show:
“Yeah my marketing team came to them and they threw my name in the panel. And with a lot of hard work and negotiation and stuff like that, they thought I’d be a pretty good fit for the show. So when they came to me and asked me, I really didn’t know because when you see it on television you say oh I can do that. But I’ve started, I’m on my third day of practice and I don’t know what I’ve signed up for. You’re hitting the uncertainty or the unknown areas. But all in all, It’s going well. I’ve got a great partner, she’s very encouraging. We’re almost halfway through our whole routine so things are looking good.”
After hearing about how much practice he’s been doing (up to five hours some days), Ward was asked if he is married?
But would he agree that it might be awkward to spend that much time around a beautiful woman if he were married?
“No, it’s not like that. Kim [Johnson, his dancing partner] is cool. You know, at first, it was just a respect trying to feel each other out. It’s like a cool relationship because she’s from a different country. Last night she said I had to throw my hand back, and I was like oh kind of like you’re going to pimp slap someone. She didn’t know what that was. She was like pimp, what’s a pimp? So it’s just a good relationship. I’m going to be with her for a long time, hopefully all the way until the championship. So I would never cross the line as far as jeopardizing our relationship. I’m in it to win it. I want to win that trophy.”
Whether there’s a first dance or first few dances that he’s preparing for right now:
“I can’t reveal the first dance, but it’s definitely something that I’ve never come across before. But I’m picking it up pretty fast. You know, it’s easy because we’re looking at ourselves in the mirror so it’s like a whole day using that mirror to try to get synchronized to make sure we’re on the same page and same beat so it looks good on television.”
Whether it is as good a workout as some say it is:
“It is. It definitely is. Just going through the whole workout, it’s definitely the shoes. I get a better understanding and new found respect for all the ladies who wear high-heeled shoes. It’s amazing what they go through. So almost every night I’m soaking my feet for precautionary reasons, because I’m starting to feel the soreness on the balls. So I understand what all the females go through when they go out and purchase that new pair of shoes.”