French Train Attack Hero Joins Cast of Dancing With the Stars

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Sep 02, 2015 12:00 PM
French Train Attack Hero Joins Cast of Dancing With the Stars

We already know Alek Skarlatos is quick on his feet--he did tackle an armed terrorist, after all--but now we're going to find out how good he is on the dance floor. It was announced today that Skarlatos, a specialist in the Army National Guard, will be joining the 21st season of Dancing With the Stars. He will be partnered with professional dancer Lindsay Arnold.

Army National Guard Specialist Alek Skarlatos has joined the Dancing with the Stars Season 21 cast! Alek became a worldwide hero in August when he helped avert a massacre aboard a Belgian train. While on vacation after a deployment in Afghanistan, the 22 year-old sprang into action when an armed attacker began shooting on the train. Alek and two of his friends, Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone and student Anthony Sadler, disarmed and subdued the attacker, who was armed with guns and a box cutter. The California native is an avid painter and military history buff. In between National Guard deployments, Alek studies at a local community college and plans to enter the police force. See Alek hit the dance floor on the Season 21 Premiere of Dancing with the Stars, MONDAY SEPT 14 8|7c on ABC.

Break a leg, Alek!