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Dancing with the Stars - World Class Athletes Who Danced Their Way with the Stars - Athletes Who Joined DWTS

Updated on June 3, 2015

Dancing with the Stars - World Class Athletes Who Danced Their Way with the Stars - Athletes Who Joined DWTS

In this hub, we will look at world famous athletes who can actually dance, and yes they are all good dancers, from footballers, figure skaters skier, boxers, volleyballers etc., you can see their dance moves which make them versatile athlete player cum dancer.

I am so glad that the tenth season of the show "Dancing with the Stars (DWTS)" at ABC 5 here in the USA already began. This is a popular show that showcase pairs who danced and participate in the contest. The participants are celebrities who have professional dancers as partners and the winner is decided by voting by phone or Internet (in some countries). This show is the same format with the British TV series, "Strictly Come Dancing". Currently the format has been licensed to 30 plus countries and the American version of Dancing with the Stars started in the summer of 2005.

During the 2010season, one of the contestant is a football player (US National Football League) again, Chad Ochocinco who danced the "cha cha" at the "Dancing with the Stars premier show the other day? Nice isn't it? Among athletes we know that when they train, they do strength and resistance training, we don't expect them to do the light exercise except for figure skating which they of course learn the beat and dance in the form of skating.

And now presenting the famous athletes who joined the show "Dancing with the Stars".

Emmitt James Smith III is a football player and a Hall of Fame awardee. In 1993, by garnering the following awards : Super Bowl championship, the NFL Most Valuable Player award, the NFL rushing crown, plus the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, he became the first player to ever did that. He is also one of four running backs to lead the NFL in rushing three or more consecutive seasons. before he play professional football he was an All American player at state U of Florida.

Born : May 15, 1969

Warren Harrison Sapp is a retired football player (American) who played in the National Football League. In his 13 years playing professionally as a football "defensive man" he played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders. He also played at the University of Miami Hurricanes in his college years.

Born : December 19, 1972

Jason Paul Taylor plays as a linebacker at the National Football League, born in Pittsburg, PA, USA. He played football college at Akron and he is a free agent now. In the 1987 third round NFL draft, he played with the Dolphins. A six-time Pro-Bowl selection who also played for the Washington Redskins.

He was also named in 2006 -- the NFL Defensive Player fo thje year.and is the NFL all time leader in fumble return touchdowns.

Born : September 1, 1974

Chad Javon Ochocinco is a player at the National Football League (NFL) and plays for the Cinicinnati Bengals as a wide receiver. In 2001 NFL secound round Draft, he was drafted by the Bengals team. He played college footbal at Oregon State. Ochocinco has been selected six times to the Pro Bowl and been named three time All - Pro. He changed his surname due to his shirt number 85 in Spanish - Ochocinco.

Born : January 9, 1978

Jerry Rice

Jerry Lee Rice played at the American National Football League as a wide receiver. He is widely regarded as the greatest wide receiver ever and one of the greatest players in the history of the league. The all-time leader in every major statistical category for wide receiversand the all-time NFL leader in touchdowns and he was selected to the Pro Bowl Thirteen (13) times in 1986–1996, 1998 and 2002. he was named All-Pro 11 times in the twenty NFL seasons that he playes. He won three Super Bowl rings playing for the San Franciso 49ers.

Born : October 13, 1962

Clyde Dexler

Clyde "The Glide" Austin Drexler is an Amerifcan born former player of the US National Basketball Association (NBA) as a guard. He was named one of the basketball leauges 50 greatest player. He was also an All Star Player and a Hall of Famer.

Drexler won an Olympic gold medal in 1992 and his team was a champion in 1995 -- Houston rockets. He is a commentator for Rockets home games.

Born June 22, 1962

Evander Hollyfield

Evander Holyfield is an American born (Alabama, US) professional multiple world champion bozer for two divisions the heavy weight and the cruiserweight. He was named "The Real deal" Evander Holyfield won the bronze medal in the Light Heavyweight division at the summer Olympics in 1984. He is the only boxer to win the heavyweight title four times.

Born : October 19, 1962

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr. is an American professional boxer and the famous son of Mayweather Sr., is undefeated with 40 wins, 25 by knockout. He was named number one pound for pound boxer from 2005 to 2008 by the magaxine "Ring" until Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines replaced him for the title.

Mayweather has an impressive boxing record with six world boxing championships in 5 several weight divisions, plus he is also the WBC welterweight champion -- before he decided to retire in 2007.

Born Floyd Sinclair : February 24, 1977

Kristine Tsuya "Kristi" Yamaguchi-Hedican is a famous figure American skater who won in the 1992 womens single. She won two other awards in the World Figure Skating Championship in the years 1991 and 1992.

Born : July 12, 1971

Shawn Johnson

Shawn Machel Johnson was born in Des Moines, Iowa and a charming gymnast Olympian winner. Her parents enrolled her in a gymnastics class at age three after they noticed her climbing up cabinets and jumping down from tables. At the age of six, she was attending gymnastic school.

She won gold at the 2008 Olympic women's balance beam, silver at 2007 all-around World Champion plus all around champion in the US in 2007 and 2008.

Born : January 19, 1992

Evan Lysacek

Evan Frank Lysacek is an American award winning figure skater winning in the 2010 Olympic and he is also the world champion in 2009, and in 2005 and 2007 Four Continents Champion. he won in the US from 2007-2008.  Lysacek was also a member of the US Team in the Olympic (2006 Winter Olympic),  where he placed 4th in the event for men..

As of February 2010, Lysacek was ranked 1st in the world in figure skating

Born  : June 4, 1985


Maurice Greene

Maurice Greene is a retired American track and field sprinter who specialized in the 100 meters as well as the 200 meters and a record holder in the 100 meter. He is an Olympic gold medalist and five time world champion.

Born: July 23, 1974

Misty Erie May-Treanor -- if you watched the 2008 Summer Olympics, Mae Treanor as she is fondly called became popular because of her charm and prowess in the field of "volleyball". She is an American famous professional volleyball player and having been called the greatest volleyball team player with her partner Kerri Walsh. She has 105 career wins and considered the highest number any player could have. She won the gold with her teammate Walsh in 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics.

Born: July 30, 1977

Mona Seles

Monica Seles is a naturalized Yugoslavian born American professional former number one tennis player. She is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Born : December 2, 1973

Helio Castroneves

Hélio Castroneves  is an auto car racer who won the Indianapolis 500 in 2001, 2002, and 2009. At the moment he is competing in the Indy Car Series. In IndyCar competition, Castroneves record is 14 wins, 28 poles, and he has never placed lower than sixth in the standings in a complete season of racing. Before playing in the series, he competed in the CART championship with a highest championship points finish of fourth. Castroneves has also won three pole positions for the Indy 500 as well as in 2009.

Born Hélio Castro Neves : May 10, 1975

Apollo Anton Ohno

Apolo Anton Ohno is an American speed skater and a champion Olympian winning 8 medals all in all and is considered the most medaled American winter Olympic athlete of all time. He is one of the only four of Americans who won three medals in one single Olympic. He has been the reigning United States champion since 2001 and has won the men's national title a total of 12 times.

Born : May 22, 1982

Stacy Ann Keibler is an American model actress and former woman wrestler and she placed third at the "Dancing with the Stars" . As a model she appeared both at Maxim and Suff Magazine.

Born : October 14, 1979

Louie Vito

Louis "Louie" Vito is an American professional snowboarder topnotch. he was born in OH, USA. it was in 2008 when he was crowned the overall Chevy U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix series title champion. Vito became prominent on the professional snowboarding arena at age 17 by completing a backside 1080 at the Australia Open. In that event he was the only rider to successfully pull off the complex move and this helped propel him to the top of the podium -- thus winning his first of two consecutive championships at Australia Open.

Born : March 20, 1988

Natalie Anne Coughlin is an American Olympian swimmer who represented her country during the 2008 and 2004 Olympics. At the 2008 Olympics, she became the first American female athlete in modern Olympic history to win six medals in a single one Olympics and the first woman ever to win a 100 meters backstroke gold in two consecutive Olympics. Natalie Coughlin is known for her dominance in a short course pool and for her underwater kicking ability.

Born : August 23, 1982


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    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Hi Mike, it is always fun to see you around and yes she was booted out, well, hmm, but Ochocinco is still there, try dancing Mike hehe, Thank you, Maita

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      Mike Lickteig 

      8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      My sister and mother both like the show, and I have watched it sometimes. I can't dance at all, so I am very envious of people that dance well. I saw that Shannen Doherty was on and was going to watch it see her, but I noticed she was the first to get kicked off. Oh well.

      Thanks for the fun hub.


    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Hi Astra, she is not included here, but she is good, Night dear, maita

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      Cathy Nerujen 

      8 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      I love this show. Did you miss Nicole Scherzinger? Is she in this one? Oh, I will read again. Great hub.

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      K Partin 

      8 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

      Hi Maita! How you doing? Yes we are hooked on this show too. Really enjoy watching it. I think probably cause i could never do it! he he...Thanks K.

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      TINA V 

      8 years ago

      I also loved to watch Dancing with the Stars. I like their style of judging the contestants. I enjoy it, too. Great hub!

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Hi Mick, it is ok, you take care and thank you, Maita

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      You've been working hard on the hubs. I wasn't notified and all of a sudden I'm overwhelmed with your new hubs. Great job Maita!

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      hey Samboiam, thank you, Night,Maita

    • samboiam profile image


      8 years ago from Texas

      Maita, this is a most excelllent article. It most assuredly deserves a rate up.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Hey Sage, oh that's a compliment, thank you, BTW, do you dance? Night, Maita

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      Sage Williams 

      8 years ago

      I don't know how I missed this one, so sorry. I can't keep up with you. You're pretty amazing. You write very interesting, well researched and quality hubs in record time.

      I had no idea that such famous athletes were Dancing with the Stars. The videos were great.

      Awesome job,


    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      thank you Sandy, maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      heard of Benji ArchDynamics, I am glad you're into dancing, one day we are going to dance together, hehe, BTW thank you for visiting my hub, I am going to youtube the dad as well, Thank you so much, maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Hey Quill, I am so glad you have time to watch the show, now can we dance hehe, Bless, maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Hi coolmon, thank you, Maita

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      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Good Hub and well-researched, PDH. I just jumped over here from James Watkins Hub Pages.

      I danced competitively for many a year and know many of the Pros on the show. I've also known heartthrob Benji Schwimmer (who won on SYTYCD a couple of seasons ago) since he was 6.

      His dad, Buddy - who's even more amazing - trained us on numerous occasions (just YouTube him). Mary Murphy was my Ex's roommate for many a year as well.

      Again, an outstanding job - thanks for taking the time to put it together!

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Hey Cris, thank you, maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Hey Dohn, yes they do dance well hehe, nice to watch this men form different sports that also dance, football season is long and I am waiting for it, thank you and have a good day DOHN< Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      cmon Truth, you can dance as well, hehe, I know you can do like Evander does it hehe, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Hi Pamela, thank you, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      hello, thank you dear, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      hi rizwan, thank you, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Hi revLady, thank you and I feel blessed seeing you here again, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Hi Shari, thanks it is nice to see you visiting my hub again, isn't it nice watching these football players and others dance their way, even if there is no football I stil got to watch some of them hehe, thanks Shari, maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Hey Kuya dave, I never thought that you danced before as well, do you still dance these days? I bet you do hehe, Thanks and Bless, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Tammy, thank you dear, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      hi bl, thank you very much! Maita

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      8 years ago

      wow you did some research here girl ! great hub !!!!!!!

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      Tammy Lochmann 

      8 years ago season starting...wonder who will win this season...Great hub Maita!!!

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      Dave Mathews 

      8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      WOW!Ate' Maita really nice Hub my sister. I've never watched the show, but I do know as an ex-dancer the amount of hard work that goes into the art of dance, as I danced on stage for 8 years.

      Love Hugs and Kisses,

      KUYA Dave.

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      8 years ago from New York, NY

      Maita - DWTS is just about my favorite show ! I never realized how many sports are actually represented . . of course you know I can list every football hunk that has ever graced the dancing. . .but here you have it all!! Great Hub .. loved it so much!

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      8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Dear heart, this was another one of your great presentations.

      I was watching reruns of Dancing with the Stars last night. I love the skill and talent of those who must be self-disciplined to accomplish the near perfection of their craft.

      Thank you for this wonderful hub Maita and the work that went into it, Blessings!

      Forever His,

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      8 years ago from India

      I like the dance

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      That is a super hub. You really put it together. All this information was great to read about it. Thank you very much.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Miata, I love to watch the dancing. I remember when Emmit Smith was on because he was a good dancer and always had that nice smile. "I didn't know so many athletics had danced. Interesting hub.

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      Truth From Truth 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Hi Maita, Interesting article. Of all the athletes I liked Evander Holyfield the most, hopefully he did as well at dancing as he did boxing. You sure like to dance. I wish I could dance a little better myself. I would guess that the figure skaters would do well at dancing. Thanks Maita, Have a great weekend.

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      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Wow! You did some really great research here, Maita! I wonder how long it took you to pull this one off! It seems like every professional sport was represented here! It's always weird seeing NFL players on DWTS for some reason, but hey, they somehow pull it off :) Thanks for such well researched hub! (Salamat)


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      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      wow.. you got some real athletes on this list. I've never seen the program, but it's amazing how many folks go on it! Great post, Maita!

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      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you for this informative hub. I love watching this show.

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      8 years ago

      OK I admit it..I actually watch the show on occasion...why there may even be hope for me after all...can someone pass me my other left shoe...Smiles...

      Great hub and filled with great video....

      Blessings and Hugs

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      8 years ago from Texas, USA

      I remember seeing Emmett Smith; I thought he was a pretty good dancer; I didn't know Evanfer Holyfield danced; this is a very interesting entertaining article; thank you.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      They make it all look so easy. Nice hub.


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