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Love and skiing -- ESPN's Hannah Storm on ABC's 'The Bachelor Winter Games'

February 13,2018 19:47

"Bachelor Winter Games" contestants face host Chris Harrison for their next challenge on the slopes. The Olympics aren't the only game in town. ABC's "The Bachelor Winter Games," which premieres on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET, is offering up some friendly ...


By Katie Barnes | Feb 13, 2018espnW.com

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"Bachelor Winter Games" contestants face host Chris Harrison for their next challenge on the slopes.
The Olympics aren't the only game in town.
ABC's "The Bachelor Winter Games," which premieres on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET, is offering up some friendly competition. The Olympics-inspired four-episode romance reality series stays true to its "Bachelor" franchise roots with a heavy dose of canoodling, kissing and crying, woven in with sports-themed challenges.  

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Twenty-six contestants, hailing from 12 different countries, including the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Japan and China, all descend upon the Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain in Wilmington, Vermont, in hopes of finding true love while on the slopes. Even a few familiar faces, such as Ben Higgins, Dean Unglert, Eric Bigger, Luke Pell, Ashley Iaconetti and Bibiana Julian, rejoin the franchise. 
Due to the sporting nature of series, ESPN's own Hannah Storm was tapped to provide commentary alongside longtime "Bachelor" host Chris Harrison.
"[Chris] started out as sportscaster in Oklahoma City," Storm said in a phone interview. "So we fell into deep, sportscaster mode together. He was hilarious. He just loved it."
Though Storm is not a "Bachelor" superfan herself, she is acquainted with the first "Bachelorette," Trista, and winner-turned-hubby Ryan Sutter. Storm and her family coincidentally skied with the Sutters while on vacation in Colorado in 2016. 
"A couple of years later, here we are back together on the first episode of 'Bachelor Winter Games,'" Storm said.
That's right. The Sutters make a cameo, and no spoilers, but it's sweet. There will also be appearances from former "Bachelorette" stars Rachel Lindsay and JoJo Fletcher. Famed ice skater and Olympian Nancy Kerrigan drops into the series to coach couples through an ice dancing routine. 

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ESPN's Hannah Storm and Chris Harrison host "Bachelor Winter Games."
And for Storm, it's all very serious business.
"I only know one way to approach any assignment," Storm said. "I'm really big into preparation, knowing who's who, what the rules are, what the status of the competition is, so I truly approached it like I would any other broadcast."
The challenges are no joke. The competitors do modified versions of Olympic events, but if you've never skied before, then it doesn't matter how adapted the biathlon is, it may still be overwhelming. 
"Winter sports are so specific and so difficult," Storm said. "For somebody who didn't grow up on skis or skates, it's a really daunting task to teach someone the kinds of things we ask them to do. I figured it would be a major challenge. Overall, the group performed a lot better than I thought they would."

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