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BWW ASKS: Do Professional Athletes Have an Unfair Advantage on DANCING WITH THE STARS?

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Apolo Anton Ohno, Shawn Johnson, Kristi Yamaguchi, Helio Castroneves, Emmitt Smith and Hines Ward. What do all these great athletes have in common? They all took home the highly-coveted mirror ball trophy on ABC's ballroom competition DANCING WITH THE STARS.

Athletes have historically been far more successful as a group than any other celebrities on the competition. In all, 28 athletes have participated on the show, representing 20% of the contestants. They've won six competitions and placed second four times; a collective success rate of 36%! To put it another way, more than one third of the athletes who have appeared on the show have finished up in either first or second place, far surpassing the rate for reality-show contestants, supermodels, actors, politicians and other celebrities. (Musicians and singers come in a close second with a 27% success rate)

What gives athletes the competitive advantage over other contestants? For one thing, they possess the strength, agility, quickness, balance, stamina and muscle coordination needed in competitive dancing. They are also more familiar with training techniques and are used to long hours of physical workouts. Throughout their careers, they have also learned how to handle high-pressured situations. And let's not forget about their competitive instincts which most probably drove them to the top of their sports to begin with!

Among this current season's competitors are Olympic champion Dorothy Hamill, professional football player Jacoby Jones, boxer Victor Ortiz and Olympic Gold-medal gymnast Alexandra Raisman. With a line-up like this, does Andy Dick even stand a chance??

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Caryn Robbins Caryn Robbins is a features editor for BroadwayWorld, covering TV, film and the best of Broadway theater. Her first musical comedy 'Admissions' recently made its New York premiere at the West Village Musical Theater Festival.



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