Aly Raisman to join 'Dancing with Stars' cast

Posted by Staff  February 26, 2013 07:28 AM

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Olympic gold medal gymnast and Needham native Aly Raisman will be part of the cast of the next edition of ABC's hit TV show "Dancing with the Stars." She will partner with professional ballroom dancer and two-time winner of the show, Mark Ballas.

The official cast list was revealed on Tuesday's edition of Good Morning America. Raisman will join fellow sports stars Jacoby Jones, a receiver for the Baltimore Ravens, boxer Victor Ortiz, and ice skating legend Dorothy Hamill on the show's 16th season. Other contestants include country music singers Wynonna Judd and Kellie Pickler, comedians D.L. Hughley and Andy Dick, Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Lisa Vanderpump, Disney actress Zendaya Coleman and soap opera actor Ingo Rademacher.

On Good Morning America, Raisman said that she was happy to join an amazing cast. "I'm really excited to have Mark as a partner," said Raisman. "I can't wait."

Athlete have been very successful on the show, and winners include Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson, Olympic gold medal speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, Olympic gold medal ice skater Kristi Yamaguchi, and football players Emmett Smith, Donald Driver, and Hines Ward.

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