Athletes Who Have Made Appearances on Dancing With the Stars

On the ABC show Dancing With The Stars, numerous celebrities have dazzled audiences with their dancing abilities. Professional dancers compete in the ballroom for the Mirrorball Trophy. They are paired with artists, politicians, TV stars, and, most frequently, athletes. From Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson East to Emmitt Smith, many sports stars have had great success. This list covers the athletes who have made appearances on Dancing with the Stars. 

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Adam Rippon was born November 11, 1989 and is an American figure skater. He is the 2010 Four Continents champion and 2016 U.S. national champion. Earlier in his career, he won the 2008 and 2009 World...

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Best known as one of the “Fierce 5” U.S. Women’s Gymnastic Team members, Aly Raisman will forever be synonymous with the summer of 2012. She was the captain of the 2012 team that took home the gold me...

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Antonio Brown distinguished himself as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL during nine years with the Pittsburgh Steelers. During his Steelers tenure, he was a seven-time Pro Bowler and four-tim...

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Apolo Anton Ohno is one of the most popular athletes in recent Winter Olympics history. He won eight medals in short track speed skating at the Olympics. Ohno competed at the 2002, 2006 and 2010...

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Arike Agunbowale is a star player for the WNBA's Dallas Wings. As a rookie, Agunbowale was already one of the league's top scorers. The Wings selected her with the fifth pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft. A...

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Retired NFL wide receiver Calvin Johnson is known as "Megatron" by his fans and is widely considered one of the best wide receivers of all-time. In 2012m he broke the NFL record for the most receiving...

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Chad Johnson is a professional wide receiver for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. Johnson attended Langston University, Santa Monica College and Oregon State University. While a...

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Charles Oakley was one of the most physical and intimidating basketball players of his era. Oakley attended Virginia Union University where he played basketball from 1981-85. The Cleveland Cavaliers s...

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Chris Mazdzer made American Olympic history in 2018 when he took home silver in singles luge competition. He was the first U.S. athlete to ever medal in singles luge. Mazdzer also competed at the Olym...

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Chuck Liddell is quite possibly the scariest human on the face of our planet. The 6’2”, 205 lb. of solid muscle American is a large reason that mixed martial arts is as popular as it is today. The 200...

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Clyde Drexler is one of the 50 Greatest NBA Players of All Time and is one of a select group of players who are two-time members of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. After three seasons at the Uni...

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DeMarcus Ware is an Auburn, Alabama native and was a two-sport star at Auburn High School in football and track and field before continuing his football career at Troy University. During his time at T...

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Derek Fisher played in the NBA for 18 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Dallas Mavericks from 1996 to 2014 after earning Sun Belt Player...

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To say that Diana Nyad is fearless would be an understatement.  In 2013, at the age of 64 she became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage, fins or a wet suit. ...

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Donald Driver is a multi-talented athlete and entertainer. In 1999 he joined the Green Bay Packers in the National Football League as a seventh round pick out of Alcorn State University. While playing...

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Dorothy Hamill is a beloved American Olympian. Her gold medal figure skating performance in 1976 has led to a life of influence.  From 1974-1976, Hamill was the U.S. champion.  She won World Champions...

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Doug Flutie is a former professional quarterback who spent time with the NFL, the CFL, and the USFL over his 21 year career. Before he turned professional, Flutie rose to prominence as the starting qu...

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He’s the best running back in NFL history, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, a popular brand ambassador, motivational speaker, and a Dancing with the Stars champion.  His name is Emmitt Smith, and from 19...

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Evan Lysacek is an American figure skater. Lysacek began skating at eight years old and originally wanted to play hockey. In 1996, Lysacek won the U.S. national title at the juvenile level. The follow...

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Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield is a retired 4-time World Heavyweight Champion. Holyfield got his start in boxing at age 12, and he won the Boys Club boxing tournament. The following year, Holyfield...

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a professional boxer who is currently undefeated as a professional and is a five-division world champion. In 1993, 1994 and 1995, Mayweather won the national Golden Gloves cham...

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Heather Mitts is a retired professional soccer defender. She began her soccer career at the University of Florida, where she was an important part to the Gators NCAA championship in 1998. Mitts earned...

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Helio Castronevas is a professional racecar driver who currently competed in the North American Indycar Series. Castronevas began racing in his native Brazil as a young child, competing in various kar...

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Hines Ward will always be beloved in Pittsburgh.  Ward is the Pittsburgh Steelers’ leader in career receiving yards, catches, and touchdowns.  He is a two-time Super Bowl Champion. In Super Bowl XL, W...

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Hope Solo served as a goalkeeper for the US Women’s national soccer team from 2000-2016. During her record reign in the net, she led the stars and stripes to two Olympic Gold Medals.  With the sport'...

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Iman Shumpert is a professional shooting guard/ small forward for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Shumpert attended Georgia Tech where as a freshman he was the team’s fourth-leading scorer for the sea...

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Jacoby Jones, is a former wide receiver in the National Football League. Hewas born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. A victim of Hurricane Katrina, which completely destroyed his entire childhood...

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Jamie Anderson grew up snowboarding in South Lake Tahoe, California and won her first professional slope-style completion in 2005 at the age of 15. A year later she became the youngest female athlete...

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During Jason Taylor’s 15-year career in the NFL he was one of the most dominant defensive players in the game. At 6’6, 245 pounds he was a force to be reckoned with, accumulating 775 tackles, 46 force...

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Not many athletes can say that they revolutionized their sport, but Jennie Finch certainly can.  When she arrived at the University of Arizona in 1998 she had already established herself as a rising f...

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NFL legend Jerry rice is widely considered to be one of the greatest football players of all-time at any position, and that’s saying something.  During his 20 seasons in the NFL he accumulated an...

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Johnny Damon, who last played for the Cleveland Indians in 2012, broke into the big leagues in 1995 as a clean cut rookie with the Kansas City Royals.  Over the course of his career he became known fo...

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Johnny Weir is a star on ice and one of the most decorated American male figure skaters in history. In 2001 he put his name on the map by capturing the 2001 World Junior Championship, which solidified...

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Josh Norman was born December 15, 1987 and is a cornerback for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Coastal Carolina, and was drafted by the Car...

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Keyshawn Johnson played 11 seasons in the NFL from 1996 to 2006, appearing in games with the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Dallas Cowboys before retiring as a Carolina Panther. After a stel...

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As an athlete, artist, author, wife, mother and philanthropist, Kristi embodies the word champion. Her motto is "Always Dream," and Kristi's accomplishments prove that dreams can come true with hard w...

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Kurt Warner’s resume is one of the most well rounded and impressive you will ever see from a professional athlete. His career started out with some uncertainty after not being selected in the 1994 NFL...

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Laila Ali is a retired professional boxer and she is the daughter of Muhammad Ali. Ali began her boxing career at 18 years old after watching a Christy Martin fight. She announced her decision to box...

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Lamar Odom is a professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. Odom declared his eligibility for the 1999 NBA Draft after one year at the University of Rhode Island. The LA Clippers sel...

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Laurie Hernandez is a member of the "Final Five" U.S. women's gymnastics team that captured gold in the team all-around competition at the 2016 Olympics.  With the victory, Hernandez became the first...

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Lawrence Taylor is a former professional linebacker of the New York Giants. Taylor attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a team captain. Taylor was recognized as a cons...

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Lolo Jones won three NCAA titles in the 60-meter hurdles, 100-meter hurdles and was an 11-time All-American at Louisiana State University from 2001 to 2004.  In 2002 she finished as the runner-up in b...

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Mary Lou Retton was born in West Virginia in 1968 and was inspired to take up the sport of gymnastics at the age of eight after watching the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal on television. With the go...

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Maurice Greene holds four Olympic gold medals and he is a five-time World Champion. From the time he was a child and in high school, Greene participated in football and track and field. He attended th...

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Meryl Davis is a three-time Olympic medalist, four-time World Championships medalist, five-time Four Continents Championships medalist, six-time Grand Prix Final medalist, and eight-tine United States...

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Ronald Artest, Jr. also known as Metta World Peace is a professional basketball player who is regarded as one of the league’s premier defenders. In his teen years, World Peace played on the same AAU t...

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Hall of Famer, Michael Irvin was born March 5, 1966 and is a retired football player, actor, and sports commentator. Irvin played college football at the University of Miami, then for the Dallas Cowbo...

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As the first openly gay athlete drafted into the NFL, Michael Sam has been a role model and trailblazer for inclusion in sports.  Sam was a seventh round pick of the St. Louis Rams and also spent time...

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Michael Waltrip is one of the most accomplished individuals in the racing world.  Waltrip is a two-time Daytona 500 winner and has been a driver for over 30 years in NASCAR.  He still runs p...

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Mirai Nagasu has become one of the United States best figure skaters. As an admirer of Michelle Kwan, Mirai began to skate at the young age of five. It did not take very long for her to develop her sk...

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Although she has now retired from playing the game of volleyball competitively, Misty May Treanor has left a legacy as being one of the best athletes to ever play the game. She began to play in high s...

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Named as one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present, and Future" by Time magazine, Monica Seles is a retired former world number 1 tennis player from Yugoslavia. She began playing at a yo...

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Nancy Kerrigan made a career for herself from figure skating. She began to skate when she was six years old at a local rink. In the next few years she developed her skills on the ice and by the time s...

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While she has now retired from competition, Nastia Liukin is a former artistic gymnast. Her parents were coaches at a gym, and since they were reluctant to pay for a babysitter, Nastia began to train...

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After serving in the U.S. Army from 1982 to 1988 Randy Couture decided to take his life in a different direction. He took up mixed martial arts and eventually made his debut in the UFC in May of 1997....

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Rashad Jennings is a running back for the New York Giants.  In 2015, Jennings had a career year, rushing for 863 yards and three touchdowns.  He was named the FedEx NFL Ground Player of the Week for t...

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As one of the most impactful linebackers for the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL, Ray Lewis made plays every time he stepped onto the field. After playing college ball at the University of Miami where he...

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Rick Fox is a retired NBA player. Fox got his start in college when he led the University of North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team to the 1991 NCAA Final Four where he also became a First team All-...

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Ryan Lochte is a very well known Olympic athlete and highly respectable competitive swimmer. Often referred to as “Reezy” or “The Lochtenator”, Lochte has been specializing in the backstoke, butterfly...

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Johnson became a true American idol after winning an individual Gold Medal in the balance beam and three silver medals in the individual all-around, floor exercise and team categories at the 2008 Beij...

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Simone Biles has dominated the gymnastics world in recent years.  Biles is a three-time World all-around champion and three-time U.S. all-around champion.  She also won world titles in floor...

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Sugar Ray Leonard is a retired professional welterweight boxer. With a real name of Ray Charles Leonard, he was named after his mother’s favorite singer. Leonard was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolin...

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Suni Lee became the fifth American woman in a row to win Olympic gymnastics gold in the individual all-around at the Tokyo Games. She was an automatic qualifier alongside Simone Biles for a spot on th...

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Terrell Owens is a retired NFL wide receiver, currently ranked second overall in receiving yards in NFL history, along with being ranked third for most touchdown receptions. After a decent career at t...

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Vernon Davis was a standout football player at Dunbar High School where he was rated as the 3rd ranked tight end of his class and was considered a 4 star recruit. Davis accepted a scholarship to play...

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Warren Sapp may be the best defensive tackle in NFL history. Sapp was a seven-time Pro Bowler, four-time first-team All-Pro choice, and the heart and sole of the Super Bowl XXXVII champion Tampa Bay B...