“Dancing with the Stars:” Aly Raisman, Jacoby Jones, Dorothy Hamill, Victor Ortiz join “DWTS”

February 26, 2013

Donald Driver and his “pardner” Peta Murgatroyd won last year. (Adam Taylor / AP)

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.”

Cheryl Burke and Emmitt Smith won in 2006. (Adam Burke / AP)
Cheryl Burke and Emmitt Smith won in 2006. (Adam Burke / AP)

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.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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