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Dancing with the athletes

A look at all the professional athletes who have appeared as contestants on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."

EVANDER HOLYFIELD

The four-time heavyweight champion boxer, partnered with Edita
Photo Credit: ABC (June 8, 2005)

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.

STACY KEIBLER

A former WWE Diva, Keibler partnered with Tony
Photo Credit: ABC (Feb. 16, 2006)

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.

JERRY RICE

The NFL's greatest receiver was the runner-up on
Photo Credit: ABC (Jan. 5, 2006)

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, and not so good in the jive (19).

EMMITT SMITH

The NFL's all-time leading rusher, just one year
Photo Credit: ABC (Nov. 7, 2006)

The NFL's all-time leading rusher, just one year into his retirement, became 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.

CLYDE DREXLER

One of the NBA's 50 greatest players, but
Photo Credit: ABC (April 17, 2007)

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.

LAILA ALI

The daughter of Muhammad Ali and an accomplished
Photo Credit: ABC (March 2007)

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
Photo Credit: ABC (March 2007)

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 (49-0,
Photo Credit: ABC (October 2007)

Partnered with Karina Smirnoff, the undefeated fighter (49-0, 26 knockouts) only made it to Week 5 on Season 5.

HELIO CASTRONEVES

The Indy race car driver never scored lower
Photo Credit: ABC

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.

MONICA SELES

A six-time Grand Slam champion in tennis, Seles
Photo Credit: ABC (March 24, 2008)

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.

JASON TAYLOR

An All-Pro defensive end and Hall of Famer,
Photo Credit: ABC (May 12, 2008)

An All-Pro defensive end and Hall of Famer, Taylor quickstepped his way to the final round of Season 6 with partner Edyta Sliwinska but lost to Kristi Yamaguchi.

KRISTI YAMAGUCHI

An Olympic figure skating gold medalist in 1992,
Photo Credit: ABC (May 12, 2008)

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."

MISTY MAY-TREANOR

An Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist, she partnered
Photo Credit: ABC (Sept. 29, 2008)

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.

MAURICE GREENE

A four-time Olympic medalist and five-time world champion
Photo Credit: ABC (Oct. 20, 2008)

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.

WARREN SAPP

The 300- pound, trash-talking, quarterback-sacking Sapp eased into
Photo Credit: ABC (Nov. 10, 2008)

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.

LAWRENCE TAYLOR

He may have changed the way linebackers played
Photo Credit: ABC (April 2009)

He may have changed the way linebackers played in the NFL, but there was no such magic on the dance floor. However, Taylor, partnered with Edyta Sliwinska, did manage to last until Week 8 in Season 8.

SHAWN JOHNSON

A gold-medal winning Olympic gymnast, Johnson managed to
Photo Credit: ABC (May 18, 2010)

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.

CHUCK LIDDELL

You don't typically see mohawks on the
Photo Credit: ABC (Oct. 12, 2009)

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.

NATALIE COUGHLIN

An Olympic gold-medalist in swimming, Coughlin partnered with
Photo Credit: ABC (Oct. 19, 2009)

An Olympic gold-medalist in swimming, Coughlin partnered with Alec Mazo and lasted through seven weeks on Season 9.

LOUIE VITO

A world champion snowboarder, Vito danced with Chelsie
Photo Credit: ABC (Oct. 26, 2009)

A world champion snowboarder, Vito danced with Chelsie Hightower and got halfway through Season 9 before he was eliminated.

MICHAEL IRVIN

A three-time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas
Photo Credit: ABC (Oct. 26, 2009)

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.

CHAD OCHOCINCO

The outspoken receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals partnered
Photo Credit: ABC (May 17, 2010)

The outspoken receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals partnered with two-time "DWTS" champion Cheryl Burke for Season 10. Together, they reached the semifinals.

EVAN LYSACEK

Three months after becoming the first U.S. male
Photo Credit: ABC (May 17, 2010)

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.

RICK FOX

A retired NBA baller, Fox teamed with Cheryl
Photo Credit: ABC (Nov. 1, 2010)

A retired NBA baller, Fox teamed with Cheryl Burke and had a good run on Season 11. He was the seventh person eliminated.

KURT WARNER

Newly retired from the NFL in the fall
Photo Credit: ABC (Oct. 4, 2010)

Newly retired from the NFL in the fall of 2010, Kurt Warner danced with Anna Trebunskaya and lasted nine weeks on Season 11.

SUGAR RAY LEONARD

A former boxer, Leonard danced with Anna Trebunskaya
Photo Credit: AP (March 28, 2011)

A former boxer, Leonard danced with Anna Trebunskaya but couldn't get past Week 4 and the Viennese Waltz on Season 12.

CHRIS JERICHO

The pro wrestler who grew up in Manhasset,
Photo Credit: AP (April 4, 2011)

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.

HINES WARD

The Super Bowl-winning wide receiver with the Steelers
Photo Credit: AP (April 4, 2011)

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.

METTA WORLD PEACE

The NBA champion and former St. John's standout
Photo Credit: ABC

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.

HOPE SOLO

Solo, the former goalkeeper for the U.S. women's
Photo Credit: ABC

Solo, the former goalkeeper for the U.S. women's soccer national team, reached the semifinals on Season 13 with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

DONALD DRIVER

The former Green Bay Packers wide receiver partnered
Photo Credit: AP

The former Green Bay Packers wide receiver partnered with pro dancer Peta Murgatroyd and won Season 14 of "Dancing With the Stars."

MARTINA NAVRATILOVA

The tennis legend, paired with Tony Dovolani, was
Photo Credit: ABC

The tennis legend, paired with Tony Dovolani, was the first one eliminated on Season 14 of "Dancing With the Stars."

SHAWN JOHNSON

The Olympic gymnast, a Season 8 champion, returned
Photo Credit: ABC

The Olympic gymnast, a Season 8 champion, returned for the All-Star season, and partnered with Derek Hough. Johnson took second to Melissa Rycroft.

EMMITT SMITH

Smith, the NFL's all-time leading rusher and a
Photo Credit: ABC

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.

HELIO CASTRONEVES

The Indy race car driver and former DWTS
Photo Credit: ABC

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
Photo Credit: ABC

USA's most decorated Winter Olympian returned to the "DWTS" stage for the all-star season, partnered with Karina Smirnoff and finished fifth.

ALY RAISMAN

Raisman, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in women's
Photo Credit: ABC

Raisman, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in women's gymnastics, and partner Mark Ballas appeared as finalists on Season 16.

JACOBY JONES

A Super Bowl champion with the Baltimore Ravens,
Photo Credit: ABC

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.

VICTOR ORTIZ

The pro boxer partnered with Lindsay Arnold and
Photo Credit: ABC

The pro boxer partnered with Lindsay Arnold and made it to Week 5 on Season 16.

DOROTHY HAMILL

The former Olympic figure skater withdrew after her
Photo Credit: ABC

The former Olympic figure skater withdrew after her second dance with partner Tristan MacManus because of a back injury on Season 16.

KEYSHAWN JOHNSON

Johnson, who played his first four NFL seasons
Photo Credit: AP / Rainier Ehrhardt

Johnson, who played his first four NFL seasons with the Jets, appeared on "Dancing with the Stars" in Season 17. Apparently he wasn't as skilled a dancer as he was a football player -- Johnson finished last alongside partner Sharna Burgess.

SEAN AVERY

The former Rangers center, partnered with Karina Smirnoff,
Photo Credit: Rob Rich / SocietyAllure.com

The former Rangers center, partnered with Karina Smirnoff, was the second person eliminated on Season 18.

CHARLIE WHITE & MERYL DAVIS

The figure skating duo who won gold at
Photo Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP / Evan Agostini

The figure skating duo who won gold at the 2014 Sochi Games competed on Season 18 of "DWTS" with different partners. White, paired with Sharna Burgess, was the seventh person eliminated, while Davis went on to win alongside partner Maksim Chmerkovsky.

LOLO JONES

The Olympic hurdler-turned-bobsledder notably had a breakdown on
Photo Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin

The Olympic hurdler-turned-bobsledder notably had a breakdown on Season 19 of "DWTS" after she and partner Keo Motsepe were eliminated first.

RANDY COUTURE

The former UFC title holder, partnered with Karina
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Mark Davis

The former UFC title holder, partnered with Karina Smirnoff, was the third person eliminated on Season 19.

MICHAEL WALTRIP

The four-time NASCAR Cup winner, partnered with Emma
Photo Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin

The four-time NASCAR Cup winner, partnered with Emma Slater, was the seventh person eliminated on Season 19.

MICHAEL SAM

Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay
Photo Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin

Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team in 2014, was the third person eliminated from Season 20, along with partner Peta Murgatroyd.

NASTIA LIUKIN

The five-time Olympic medalist, partnered with Derek Hough,
Photo Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin

The five-time Olympic medalist, partnered with Derek Hough, was the ninth person eliminated from Season 20.

DOUG FLUTIE

The former NFL quarterback, partnered with Karina Smirnoff,
Photo Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin

The former NFL quarterback, partnered with Karina Smirnoff, was the fourth person eliminated from Season 22.

VON MILLER

Super Bowl 50 MVP and Denver Broncos outside
Photo Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin

Super Bowl 50 MVP and Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller, partnered with Witney Carson, was the fifth person eliminated from Season 22.

ANTONIO BROWN

The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, partnered
Photo Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin

The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, partnered with Sharna Burgess, was the eighth person eliminated from Season 22.

PAIGE VANZANT

UFC strawweight Paige VanZant, partnered with Mark Ballas,
Photo Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin

UFC strawweight Paige VanZant, partnered with Mark Ballas, finished second on Season 22.

RYAN LOCHTE

Shortly after embellishing details of a gas station
Photo Credit: AP

Shortly after embellishing details of a gas station altercation in Rio de Janeiro amid the 2016 Olympics, the controversial swimmer was announced as a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars." In the Season 23 premiere, Lochte was ambushed by a pair of protesters, but that didn't stop him from making a run. Partnered with Cheryl Burke, Lochte was the seventh person eliminated.

CALVIN JOHNSON

The former Detroit Lions wide receiver quickly found
Photo Credit: ABC/Craig Sjodin

The former Detroit Lions wide receiver quickly found a new job after retiring from the NFL. Paired with Lindsay Arnold, Johnson finished third on Season 23.

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE

The IndyCar driver, partnered with Sharna Burgess, was
Photo Credit: ABC /Heidi Gutman

The IndyCar driver, partnered with Sharna Burgess, was the runner-up on Season 23.

LAURIE HERNANDEZ

Hernandez's 2016 Rio Games were more successful than
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez

Hernandez's 2016 Rio Games were more successful than Ryan Lochte's, as was her performance on "DWTS." After making a name for herself as a member of the gold medal-winning "Final Five," Hernandez, paired with Valentin Chmerkovskiy, won the Mirrorball Trophy. At 16, she became the show's youngest winner.

NANCY KERRIGAN

Nancy Kerrigan joined the long list of former
Photo Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin

Nancy Kerrigan joined the long list of former Olympians on "Dancing With the Stars" dancing with Artem Chigvintsev. She was eliminated sixth on Season 24.

BONNER BOLTON

Professional bull rider turned model, Bonner Bolton partnered
Photo Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin

Professional bull rider turned model, Bonner Bolton partnered up with Sharna Burgess in Season 24. He was the eighth contestant eliminated.

SIMONE BILES

Following Laurie Hernandez's winning performance on
Photo Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin

Following Laurie Hernandez's winning performance on "DWTS," five-time Olympic medalist Simone Biles advanced to the penultimate episode with Sasha Farber before getting eliminated on Season 24.

DAVID ROSS

Two-time World Series champion and fan-favorite David Ross,
Photo Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin

Two-time World Series champion and fan-favorite David Ross, paired with Lindsay Arnold, made it to the season finale but finished second on Season 24.

RASHAD JENNINGS

Jennings, who played with the Giants the past
Photo Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin

Jennings, who played with the Giants the past three seasons and is now a free agent, edged out David Ross for the mirror ball trophy in Season 24.

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