Aly Raisman, Dorothy Hamill join Dancing with the Stars
Gymnast Aly Raisman and figure skater Dorothy Hamill are the latest Olympians to join Dancing with the Stars. The two will be on the upcoming season which begins on March 18, reports USA Today.
Raisman, 18, won three medals at the London Games including gold medals in the floor exercise and team all-around; she was the first U.S. woman to win Olympic gold on floor. Her partner on the show will be professional dancer Mark Ballas.
Hamill, 56, was the figure skating gold medalist in 1976 in Innsbruck and will be paired with Tristan Macmanus.
Other Olympians who have been on the show include figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi and gymnast Shawn Johnson. Johnson says people recognize her more for her appearance on the show rather than her one gold and three silver medals at the 2008 Olympics:
“‘Hey,’” people repeatedly asked, “aren’t you the girl from ‘Dancing With the Stars?’” Johnson wrote in her 2012 autobiography. “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.”
For photos of Johnson’s performance and other athletes, check out SI’s gallery of Athletes on Reality Shows.