Dancing with the athletes
A look at all the professional athletes who have appeared as contestants on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."
The four-time heavyweight champion boxer, partnered with Edita Sliwinska, was the second person eliminated in Season 1. Holyfield’s jive netted just 13 points from the judges.
A former WWE Diva, Keibler partnered with Tony Dovolani and reached the finals of Season 2. She finished in third place behind Jerry Rice and Drew Lachey. Her worst dance all season was a 22 in the waltz, and she scored a perfect 30 in the samba.
The NFL’s greatest receiver was the runner-up on Season 2 with his partner Anna Trebunskaya. He lost to Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke. Rice scored well with the freestyle and Cha-Cha-Cha, ad not so good in the jive (19).
The NFL’s all-time leading rusher, just one year into his retirement, because the first athlete to win the mirror ball trophy, thanks to perfect scores in the samba, mambo, rumba and Cha-Cha-Cha. Of course, having Cheryl Burke as his partner didn’t hurt either for the Season 3 champ.
One of the NBA’s 50 greatest players, but not one of DWTS’ 50 best celebrity dancers. His Rumba with partner Elena Grinenko to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s going on” left the judges asking that exact question. “The Glide” was the fourth person booted in Season 4.
The daughter of Muhammad Ali and an accomplished professional boxer (24-0, three-time super middleweight champ), Ali partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy and made it to the final round before finishing in third place behind Apolo Anton Ohno and Joey Fatone.
APOLO ANTON OHNO
The most decorated Winter Olympian in American history (eight medals) added the Season 4 “Dancing With the Stars” trophy to his resume in May 2007. It was the first of three “DWTS” titles for Olympians, and the first of two titles for his partner Julianne Hough.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR.
Partnered with Karina Smirnoff, the undefeated fighter (41-0, 25 knockouts) only made it to Week 5 on Season 5.
The Indy race car driver never scored lower than a 23 with partner Julianne Hough en route to the Season 5 title in November 2007. The duo received perfect scores in the quickstep, foxtrot and Cha-cha-cha. (Nov. 27, 2007)
A six-time Grand Slam champion in tennis, Seles didn’t fare as well on this hardcourt. She scored a pair of 15s on the foxtrot and mambo with partner Jonathan Roberts and was the first female eliminated in Season 6.
An All-Pro defensive end, Taylor quickstepped his way to the final round of Season 6 with partner Edyta Sliwinska but lost to Kristi Yamaguchi.
An Olympic figure skating gold medalist in 1992, Yamaguchi partnered with Mark Ballas and won Season 6 in May 2008. It marked the fourth straight season where an athlete won “Dancing With the Stars.”
An Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist, she partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She scored three straight 21s in Season 7 then had to withdraw after rupturing her Achilles tendon in a training session.
A four-time Olympic medalist and five-time world champion sprinter, Green danced with Cheryl Burke and was among the final five contestants on Season 7.
The 300- pound, trash-talking, quarterback-sacking Sapp eased into retirement in 2008 by partnering with Kym Johnson and reaching the Season 7 finals. He lost to Brooke Burke.
He may have changed the way linebackers played in the NFL, but there was no such magic on the dancefloor. However, Taylor, partnered with Edyta Sliwinska, did manage to last until Week 8 in Season 8.
A gold-medal winning Olympic gymnast, Johnson managed to pull off one of the bigger surprises in “DWTS” history by defeating favorite Gilles Marini in the Season 8 final. She partnered with Mark Ballas and became the fifth athlete — and third Olympian — to win the Mirror Ball trophy.
You don?t typically see mohawks on the ?DWTS? dance floor. You don?t typically see mixed martial artists there, either. But Chuck Liddell, a former UFC light heavyweight champion who danced with Anna Trebunskaya, lasted six weeks on Season 9.
An Olympic gold-medalist in swimming, Coughlin partnered with Alec Mazo and lasted through seven weeks on Season 9.
A world champion snowboarder, Vito danced with Chelsie Hightower and got halfway through Season 9 before he was eliminated.
A three-time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys, Irvin already had a flair for the dramatic before joining the Season 9 cast of “DWTS.” Partnered with Anna Demidova, Irvin had the lowest score of any castmember in six dances yet still managed to watch nine other celebrities get eliminated before him.
The outspoken receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals partnered with two-time “DWTS” champion Cheryl Burke for Season 10. Together, they reached the semifinals.
Three months after becoming the first U.S. male skater to win Olympic gold in 22 years, he reached the Season 10 final with partner Anna Trebunskaya in May 2010. There, he became the first Olympian to lose once reaching the “Dancing” finale.
A retired NBA baller, Fox teamed with Cheryl Burke and had a good run on Season 11. He was the seventh person eliminated.
Newly retired from the NFL in the fall of 2010, Kurt Warner danced with Anna Trebunskaya and lasted nine weeks on Season 11.
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A former boxer, Leonard danced with Anna Trebunskaya but couldn’t get past Week 4 and the Viennese Waltz on Season 12.
The pro wrestler who grew up in Manhasset, partnered with two-time champion Cheryl Burke, was an early contender on Season 12 but became the fifth person eliminated.
The Super Bowl-winning wide receiver with the Steelers added another trophy to his mantle after being crowned the winner of Season 12. Ward found a way to occupy his time during the NFL lockout with dance partner Kym Johnson and beat Kirstie Alley and Chelsea Kane in the final.
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The NBA champion and former St. John's standout from Queensbridge was the first person eliminated in Season 13, along with his partner, Peta Murgatroyd.3
Solo, the goalkeeper for the U.S. women's soccer national team, reached the semifinals on Season 13 with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
The Green Bay Packers wide receiver partnered with pro dancer Peta Murgatroyd and won Season 14 of "Dancing With the Stars."
The tennis legend, paired with Tony Dovolani, was the first one eliminated on Season 14 of "Dancing With the Stars."
The Olympic gymnast, a Season 8 champion, returned for the All-Star season, and partnered with Derek Hough. Johnson took second to Melissa Rycroft. |
Smith, the NFL's all-time leading rusher and a former "DWTS" champion, returned for the show's all-star season and made it to the final four with partner Cheryl Burke. |
The Indy race car driver and former DWTS champion teamed with Chelsie Hightower for the all-star season and was the fourth person eliminated.
APOLO ANTON OHNO
USA's most decorated Winter Olympian returned to the "DWTS" stage for the all-star season, partnered with Karina Smirnoff and finished fifth. |
A gold medalist in women's gymnastics in 2012, Raisman and partner Mark Ballas as finalists on Season 16. |
A Super Bowl champion with the Baltimore Ravens, Jones spent the offseason dancing his way to the finals with partner Karina Smirnoff on Season 16. |
The pro boxer partnered with Lindsay Arnold and made it to Week 5 on Season 16. |
The former Olympic figure skater withdrew after her second dance with partner Tristan MacManus because of a back injury on Season 16. |