‘Dancing With the Stars’ cast is announced, includes Olympian Lolo Jones, MMA champion Randy Couture and NASCAR’s Michael Waltrip

September 4, 2014

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Updated [Thursday 8:45 a.m.] Here’s the full cast of the upcoming season of “Dancing With the Stars:”

Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas
Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater
Lolo Jones and Keo Motsepe
Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev
Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke
Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatryod
Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough
Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess

From track and field to bobsledding to, now, ballroom dancing. Lolo Jones is a woman of many athletic talents, which is why she seems a natural fit for “Dancing with the Stars.” Ahead of Thursday’s official reveal of the cast on “Good Morning America,” the 32-year-old athlete’s name has been leaked as one of the competitors who will make her ballroom debut on Season 19 of the popular ABC series, reports E! reports. The show is set to begin airing on Sept. 15.

Jones will likely advance pretty far into the season, judging from past Olympian’s DWTS performances. Ice dancer Meryl Davis won last season and her real-life partner Charlie White was eliminated on the penultimate week of the program. Meanwhile, Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy was the runner-up to Davis. Also winning their seasons were speed skater Apolo Ohno, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi and gymnast Shawn Johnson, according to Universal Sports.

Other athletes rumored to be going after the “Mirrorball Trophy” this fall include (Hollywood Take) six-time world mixed martial arts champion Randy Couture and NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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