Posted on Tue Nov 22, 2011 09:00 PM PDT
After months of grueling practice and a soar ankle, J.R. Martinez's hard work has finally paid off!
Fan favorite Martinez and partner Karina Smirnoff became the latest winners to take home the coveted Mirror Ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars tonight.
The former U.S. Army soldier told reporters after his win:
- â€œI just want to take a moment and breathe, take it in. The fact that we were able to top it off with this â€¦ we created a lot of magical moments together on this show that weâ€™ll cherish for the rest of our lives. And my friend won her first mirror ball trophy! Everyone knows she is a beautiful dancer, but Iâ€™m able to vouch that sheâ€™s also a beautiful person. Iâ€™m glad I was able to see that and America was able to see that as well.â€
Smirnoff added, â€œThe journey is ending and I donâ€™t want it to end because I donâ€™t want to stop seeing him every single day in his Latin heels. That was the best part of the journey.â€
Finishing at an impressive second place, Rob Kardashian ended his DWTS career with an impressive 57 points.
â€œI could not have asked for a better ending. We ended with a perfect score [on Monday] and I had an awesome experience with Cheryl, I literally shocked myself week after week and still, even tonight, we improved. I am super happy with the whole outcome of everything. I shocked myself that I was in the final two,â€ the reality star gushed after the show.
Ricki Lake was the first contestant to be voted off tonight, and the former TV show host made sure to thank fans for all of their support. "I really appreciate everyone who voted for me and supported me along the way. This is a fantasy come true," Lake expressed.
So what's next for Martinez? The war vet will serve as Grand Marshall for the 2012 Rose Parade on New Years Day this year.
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