Athletes and 'Dancing With the Stars' have always gotten along bedazzingly well. Now that Olympic champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White (pictured), former NHL-star Sean Avery, swimmer Diana Nyad, and Paralympian Sara Purdy have been named to Season 18, let's take a look at the ballroom reality show's more memorable sport figure turns.
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On May 22, 2012, Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver (right) added his name to the storied list of the show's champions, teaming with Peta Murgatroyd to take down Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins and Cuban actor William Levy in the Season 14 finale.
The former NFL receiver didn't last long on Season 17. Johnson and his pro partner Sharna Burgess were the fisrt couple eliminated.
Captain of the gold medal-winning US women's gymnastics team at the 2012 London Olympics, Aly Raisman finished fourth with pro partner Mark Ballas in Season 16.
Fresh off his Super Bowl XLVII win, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jones was paired with Karina Smirnoff in Season 16 and waltzed to a third-place finish.
Retired but still carrying the bulk of a defensive lineman, Sapp showed himself to be surprisingly graceful and light on his feet in the ballroom. He and partner Kym Johnson were runners-up to actress Brooke Burke in "DWTS" Season 7.
Those who believe a great receiver makes balletic moves had to be pleased by the NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver's efforts in the "DWTS" second season. The former 49ers great (with partner Anna Trebunskaya) finished second to singer Drew Lachey.
The former pro wrestler should know all about choreographed routines and playing to the cameras. But after a few weeks of ups and downs, Jericho and partner Cheryl Burke were the fourth duo eliminated in the show's 12th season.
Holyfield was the sole athlete represented in Season 1 of "Dancing With the Stars." Unfortunately, the world champion boxer and partner Edyta Sliwinska were knocked out in the second round.
Sugar Ray Leonard
At 54, the Hall of Fame boxer still possessed the footwork and looked lean and mean enough to leave his challengers saying "No mas." Too bad that fancy footwork didn't quite translate onto the ballroom floor; he and pro partner Anna Trebunskaya were the third couple eliminated in Season 12.
Metta World Peace
The man formerly known as Ron Artest may not have been as committed as the show's producers had hoped. "I'd want to go, but I'd want to lose in the first round," Metta told the Los Angeles Times. "I don't want to put my hips in a situation where I'm looking like Rick Fox." Artest, er Peace, got his wish. He and partner Peta Murgatroyd were the first duo booted from the show's 13th season.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White
Sure, they win all the championships together, but what happens when Meryl Davis and Charlie White are (gasp) pitted against one another? The Olympic ice dancing champs will try out new partners in this "Dancing With the Stars'" season. White will pair up with Sharna Burgess, while Davis will tango with the newly-returned Maksim Chmerkovskiy, a.k.a. the "bad boy of the ballroom."
US soccer team goalie Hope Solo captured the hearts of many Americans with her play in the 2011 Women's World Cup, but her fourth-place "DWTS" Season 13 run and sometimes contentious relationship with pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy (whom she claimed manhandled" her and once slapped her across the face) was not all fun and fringe.
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova was partnered with Tony Dovolani on Season 14 of "DWTS." At 55, she was one of the oldest celebs on the dance floor. Sadly, she was also the first star eliminated in Season 14.
Legendary figure skater Dorothy Hamill was paired with Irish hunk Tristan MacManus for Season 16, but was forced to withdraw early from the competition after suffering from a cyst on her spine.
The former WWE diva's long legs served her well on the dance floor. She and partner Tony Dovolani were third-place finishers in Season 2 of "DWTS;" they were unable to pin down runner-up Jerry Rice and champion Drew Lachey.
Clyde "The Glide" Drexler's height worked against the NBA Hall of Famer in the dancing competition, as the former guard didn't exactly glide across the dance floor. He and partner Elena Grinenko finished eighth in Season 4 of "DWTS."
The ESPN personality was awkward to say the least, and a little bit painful to watch, frankly. He and partner Andrea Hale were the first couple eliminated in Season 2 of "DWTS," which saw Stacy Keibler and Jerry Rice admirably represent the sports contingent. Though Mayne and Rice would occasionally return to do spoof "DanceCenter" segments on the show.
The world boxing champ wasn't the dancing greatest, but she was pretty good. Ali and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy finished third in Season 4 of "DWTS," behind winner Apolo Anton Ohno. Her legendary father Muhammad Ali was there to see it.
Not only did Taylor (partnered with Ediyta Sliwinska) not win Season 6 of "DWTS," but he also lost big-time with Dolphins management by going on the show instead of training with the team. Which is why he ended up traded to the Redskins in '08.
She's braved the shark-infested swim from Cuba to Florida, but can the long-distance swimmer brave the sparkle of the Season 18 Glitterverse ballroom with the help of new pro partner Henry Byalikov? Photo: Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images North America
The grand slam tennis champ always had fancy footwork on the court but couldn't transfer those skills to the ballroom floor. Despite the best efforts of her professional partner Jonathan Roberts, Seles was the second contestant eliminated in Season 6 of "DWTS."
The Olympic gold-medal winning sprinter and partner Cheryl Burke finished fifth in the race for the "DWTS" Season 7 Mirrorball trophy.
Unfortunately, three-time Olympic gold medalist May-Treanor ruptured her Achilles tendon while practicing with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy before Season 7 of "DWTS" even began and the beach volleyball player was spiked from the competition.
Murray and singer Jewel were going to be the first married couple on "DWTS," but she sustained an injury prior to Season 8 and had to withdraw. Rodeo champ Murray and partner Chelsie Hightower went on to a fourth-place finish. Hey, dancing has to be easier than bullriding, right?
At least the world champion and Olympic snowboarder got the balance part down. Vito was partnered with Chelsie Hightower in Season 9 of "DWTS" but finished in eighth place, just behind Michael Irvin.
The Cincinnati Bengals star wide receiver most definitely wasn't Ocho Stinko in Season 10 of "DWTS." Behind all those touchdown celebrations there really was an entertainer trying to break out. He and partner Cheryl Burke made it through the first seven cuts, but alas, Chad was — what else? — ocho.
The outspoken billionaire entrepreneur and Mavericks owner wasn't bad, considering that he had previously undergone hip replacement surgery. He and partner Kym Johnson finished eighth in Season 5 of "DWTS" and he lost 34 pounds during his eight weeks on the show.
The highly-decorated Olympic swimmer didn't medal for her Season 9 "DWTS" effort. She and partner Alec Mazo paddled home in 10th place.
You want to be the one who had to tell the MMA fighter he was voted off? Liddell lasted only until Week 4 in "DWTS"' ninth season. His partner, Anna Trebunskaya, said Liddell scared people because he didn't smile when he danced.
The former New York Ranger Sean Avery turned model is teamed up with Season 13 champ Karina Smirnoff in this upcoming season. Photo: Scott Audette / NHLI
Coming off his gold medal-winning performance at the 2010 Vancouver Games, Lysacek showed his moves were just as good off the ice. The figure skater and pro partner Anna Trebunskaya were runners-up to Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger in Season 10.
Fresh off her embarrassing peeping tom case, Andrews apparently wasn't worried about being overexposed. The sports sideline reporter showed some moves — and some skin — and made it alongside partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy to the top three in Season 10 of "DWTS." And now she's back for Season 18 to co-host alongside Tom Bergeron.
Three-time NBA champion Fox, who's been acting since retiring from the professional basketball, finished sixth with pro partner Cheryl Burke on Season 11 of the reality ballroom juggernaut.
The Super Bowl XXXIV MVP (pictured with his wife) was the first quarterback to try his moves on the dance floor. Warner and pro partner Anna Trebunskaya finished in fifth place during Season 11.
The US Paralympic snowboarder and "Amazing Race" contestant had both legs amputated below her knee after beings diagnosed with Neisseria meningitis at age 19. Now 34, Purdy is the first "DWTS" contestant to compete with prosthetic legs. This Season 18 contestant is in good hands: Purdy's pro partner is five-time "DWTS" champ Derek Hough. Photo: Doug Pensinger / Getty Images North America
Maybe Smith wasn't the greatest TV analyst, but he could get his groove on. In 2006, Smith and partner Cheryl Burke defeated actor Mario Lopez and his partner Karina Smirnoff for the Season 3 Mirrorball trophy, starting a four-season run of "DWTS" champions from the world of sports. The Hall of Fame runningback also made it to the semifinals of the all-star edition of "Dancing with the Stars" six years later.
Apolo Anton Ohno
Even before the short track speedksater became America's most decorated Winter Olympian, Ohno won hearts with his flashy feet off the short track. Dancing with partner Julianne Hough, Ohno defeated 'N Sync's Joey Fatone to capture the coveted Season 4 Mirrorball trophy on his 25th birthday. Ohno also made it to the semifinals of the Season 15 all-star edition of "DWTS" in 2012.
"DWTS" sports champs aren't isolated to the gridiron. When IndyCar racer Castroneves (and partner Julianne Hough) defeated Spice Girl Mel B to take home the Season 5 championship, he had perhaps one of the best quotes. "It will look so good between my two Indy 500 trophies," he said of the shiny Mirrorball award. Castroneves also participated in the all-star Season 15 edition of the show with partner Chelsie Hightower, but were eliminated in Week 3.
The Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater was a champion both on and off the ice, beating out fellow athlete Jason Taylor and winning "DWTS" Season 6 with pro partner Mark Ballas.
The Olympic gold-medal winning gymanst defeated Gilles Marini and Melissa Rycroft to nab the "DTWS" Season 8 title with partner Mark Ballas. Johnson went on to finish second to Rycroft in the Season 15 all-star edition of the show with pro partner Derek Hough.
The wide receiver spent the NFL lockout appearing on Season 12 of "DWTS." Despite an injury to his partner Kym Johnson (who was previously paired with Warren Sapp and Mark Cuban) the Steelers star beat Kirstie Alley and Chelsea Kane to take home the coveted Mirrorball trophy, joining the other athletes who've emerged victorious on the dance floor and ending a three-year drought for dancing athletes.