French train hero Alek Skarlatos, a former Sacramento area resident, came in third Tuesday on the nationally televised “Dancing with the Stars” program – but his dancing days are not over.
Skarlatos made it to the final three on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” but was eventually bested by boy band singer Nick Carter and eventual winner, Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late Australian television conservationist Steve Irwin.
“This has been the craziest run of my life,” Skarlatos said after his final televised dance. “I have had so much fun and met so many nice people. I am so grateful for the experience and the opportunity.”
It was announced that Skarlatos will be the special guest star on the upcoming “Dancing with the Stars” live tour. He will join the professional dancers, including his dancing partner Lindsay Arnold, as the troupe plays dates around the country and in Canada.
The tour is scheduled to stop at the Bob Hope Theater in Stockton on Feb. 10.
At the beginning of 2015, the Army National guardsman was stationed in Afghanistan.
Post-deployment came the heroics on the Paris-bound train, where Skarlatos, along with two childhood friends who also grew up in Sacramento, Anthony Sadler and Spencer Stone, helped thwart the efforts of an armed terrorist.
Afterward, Skarlatos and his friends received France’s highest award, the Legion of Honor, for bravery in the face of the attack.
They had a visit with President Barack Obama at the White House in September and were feted in Sacramento with a downtown parade.
He also visited his friend Stone in the hospital where the airman recuperated from knife wounds suffered during a brawl in midtown Sacramento.