14 Olympians That Went For the Gold on Dancing With the Stars
Let’s be honest u2014 not everyone who tries their hand at ballroom dancing succeeds. That’s why when we hear that an Olympian is featured on Dancing with the Stars| we can’t help but get a little pumped that some of the world’s greatest athletes will try their hand at a tango. The latest Olympian to grace the show’s stage is bobsledder and track star Lolo Jones. Unfortunately she didn’t last long in the competition| being the first contestant eliminated this week.
After the show| the athlete went to Facebook to admit her remorse for leaving DWTS so soon. She hoped the show would lift her spirits after years of feeling scrutinized| saying| “”My brief time on u202a#u200eDWTSu202c was a lasting lesson. I really wanted to stay on the show and have the layers of hurt wash away by showing the public how hard I work. I wanted to come away a victor for once. I wanted to do so good performing in public that the haters would stop teasing me.”” No haters here| Lolo. We love her confidence for giving the dance floor a try.
| Lolo Jones
The Olympian took her first steps onto the dance floor on Monday| but sadly those would be here last. “”My time was brief but the lesson is lasting. Thank you everyone who wrote me kind messages|”” she said.
| Meryl Davis
The Olympic ice dancer won the Mirror Ball in season 18 after getting a perfect score for her fox-trot/cha-cha fusion during the finale performance.
| Charlie White
The ice dancer (and Olympic partner of Meryl Davis) was not pleased when he was eliminated just one episode shy of the finals during season 18.
| Sugar Ray Leonard
The retired professional boxer really enjoyed his time on DWTS. When he was eliminated on season 12| he said| “”I’m going to miss . . . the camaraderie| the love| the support| the show . . . my high heels| my sequins.””
| Evan Lysacek
It was a close call during the season 10 finale of DWTS| but Nicole Scherzinger took home the trophy| leaving the figure skater as the first runner-up.
| Maurice Greene
The track and field sprinter came in fifth place on the seventh season. “”I had a lot of fun. I made a lot of new friends out here. I learned how to dance out here in front of millions of people every night. I had a great time|”” he said on the show.
Source: Sports Illustrated
| Kristi Yamaguchi
Figure skating isn’t the Olympian’s only talent. Kristi totally killed it on the dance floor and took home the Mirror Ball with a perfect score on the season finale.
| Apolo Ohno
Winning the fourth season just wasn’t enough for the short track speed skater; he also came back to dance for the All-Star season in 2012.
| Shawn Johnson
America’s sweetheart and Olympic gymnast was the dance floor champion in season 8. Like Apolo| she also came back for the All-Star season and won second place.
| Natalie Coughlin
The incredible swimmer tried out her dancing skills in season 9 and was eliminated in the fourth episode.
| Hope Solo
After being eliminated from the semifinal round of season 13| the soccer goalkeeper wrote a memoir that included some shocking accounts from her DWTS experience.
| Martina Navratilova
Sadly the amazing tennis player was the first to be eliminated off of season 14.
| Misty May-Treanor
After rupturing her left Achilles tendon| the beach volleyball player had to withdraw from DWTS in season 7.
| Monica Seles
One of the most famous tennis players ever| Monica was the second star to be eliminated off of season 6.
| Floyd Mayweather
The champion boxer had a positive experience on the show. After being eliminated| Floyd said| “”It was marvelous just being here| just to get to this plateau. For all the fans that supported me| to everybody behind the scenes| I really appreciate it. We had a great time.””