Dorothy Hamill: Olympic Champion Seen As Frontrunner On ‘DWTS’

Dorothy Hamill has an edge going into the new season of Dancing With the Stars. Or so history would say.

Though the 56-year-old Olympic skating champion may be nervous about her chances on the show, but if past seasons are a guide she should be considered a favorite to win the show in its 15th season.

Dorothy Hamill fits the profile of past winners. She is an athlete, and each year has shown that whether NFL stars or Olympians, those with a background in sports tend to go far on the show. More specifically, she competed in an event that requires a high level of technical skill — something that worked out well for Olympians Apolo Anton Ohno and Kristi Yamaguchi.

Dorothy Hamill was just 19 years old when she won the gold medal at the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria. She later went on to win the World Championship of figure skating, which she said is her best accomplishment.

Skaters and football players have been the best performers on DWTS, setting up for an interesting season, the Baltimore Sun noted. This season Baltimore-native Dorothy Hamill will be pitted against Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl hero Jacoby Jones.

The full cast of Dancing With the Stars was named on Tuesday, one that includes singer Kellie Pickler and gymnast Aly Raisman. Also included are boxer Victor Ortiz and two comedians in D.L. Hughley and Andy Dick.

Despite her frontrunner status, Dorothy Hamill appears to be nervous going into Dancing With the Stars. She took to Twitter for the first time in months to talk about the challenge ahead.

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