An Olympic gymnast, a former Olympic figure skating star and a boxer will join Jacoby Jones of the Baltimore Ravens in seeing if, once again, an athlete can win “Dancing with the Stars.”
Joining Jones, the Baltimore Ravens’ wide receiver/return man, will be gymnast Aly Raisman, boxer Victor Ortiz and former Olympic skating legend Dorothy Hamill. Jones’s participation was announced during the Academy Awards on Sunday night; the rest of the cast was revealed today on “Good Morning America.”
Raisman won three medals (two golds and a bronze) in the London Olympics and Hamill, 56, won Olympic gold in 1976.
The show starts March 18 and the men’s lineup features: Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold; actor/comedian D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke (who teamed with Emmitt Smith to win); Jones and Karina Smirnoff; comedian Andy Dick and former troupe member Sharna Burgess; actor Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson.
The women’s lineup has: Raisman and Mark Ballas; Hamill and Tristan MacManus; country singer Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough; country star Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani; Disney star Zendaya Coleman and Valentin Chmerkovskiy; “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Vanderpump Rules” star Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko.
Three athletes with the Olympics on their resume have won the competition: skater Kristi Yamaguchi, gymnast Shawn Johnson and speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno. Three former NFL players — Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward and Donald Driver — have won.
Can a wide receiver repeat as champion? Last year, Driver, the former Green Bay Packers player, won the coveted sparkly ball trophy thingy. And, lest one pooh-pooh taking home the trophy, Yamaguchi wrote in her autobiography last year:
“‘Hey,’ people repeatedly asked, ‘aren’t you the girl from ‘Dancing With the Stars?’ That always surprised me because I had never expected the show to define me. ‘No,’ I wanted to say … ‘I’m the girl from the United States Olympic Team!’ However, I did understand why people focused on the show.”