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Dorothy Hamill withdraws from 'Dancing With the Stars'

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Dorothy Hamill has starred in "Romeo and Juliet on Ice" and the movie "Blades of Glory." Credit: Getty Images

Dorothy Hamill, who looked like an early favorite to go far in the 16th season of "Dancing with the Stars," withdrew Tuesday -- and in the process explained her more or less poor showing to date.

Not only had she been bedevilled by a bad ankle, but a bad back, as she said last night. Withdrawals are not unheard of here, of course. Misty May-Treanor withdrew back in '08, for example (she had ruptured her achilles). So these things happen, and it's too bad, and all that -- but still, a surprise. Atheletes have a way of dealing with pain and joint stress -- but aging ones less so. If you want to see her dramatic resignation speech from last night -- and haven't already, go here.

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