Olympic Gold Medalist Aly Raisman will be a member of the new "Dancing With The Stars" cast, reports announced Tuesday.
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Raisman, an Olympic gymnast who won a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics for her floor routine, is one of many new names that have been announced for the 16th season of "Dancing With the Stars."
Raisman will not be the first gymnast to appear on the reality series. Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson was the champion during the 8th season of the show. Johnson's former partner, Derek Hough, will be back for the 16th season as well although Johnson, who competed in later seasons, will not.
In November of last year, the 2012 Olympic team joined Johnson for an episode of "Dancing With The Stars" featuring a freestyle routine that earned a perfect score from the judges.
"I'm a bit emotional tonight," Johnson told USA Today after the performance. "But it means the world to me to have them out here."
Other athletes joining the new season include ice skating legend Dorothy Hamill, boxer Victor Ortiz and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones, according to a Fox News report. Country singers Wynona Judd and Kellie Pickler, who was previously on "American Idol," will also compete.
Soap opera actress Ingo Rademacher and Disney actress Zendaya Coleman, will join too along with realty TV star Lisa Vanderpump and comedians D.L. Hugley and Andy Dick.
The 2-hour season ABC premiere of "Dancing With The Stars" will air on Monday, March 18 at 8 p.m. ET.