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Olympians I’d Like to See on “Dancing With the Stars”

Olympic Gold Medalist Apolo Ohno (right) on "Dancing With the Stars," 2007.

Let me say up front that I’m not a fan of  the American show, “Dancing With the Stars.”  I suppose I tend to be a purist and prefer Fox’s show “So You Think You Can Dance.”  Although I’m a figure skating fanatic, I wasn’t able to enjoy ABC’s “Skating with the Stars” or Fox’s “Skating With Celebrities.”  Again, let me say that I’m a purist.

Most of my friends and family watch “Dancing With the Stars,” but I just can’t get into it.  Perhaps it’s also because each season’s cast of “celebrities” never reels me in to watch.

So what would it take for me to start watching the show?  A better cast!  I tuned in a couple of times to watch Shawn Johnson and Kristi Yamaguchi.  Apparently Apollo Ohno was good, but I’ve never been a fan of his.  Olympic athletes are often make a good contestant on the show.  So I decided to come up with a dream list of American Olympians I’d like to see on the show:

1.  Bruce Jenner.  You’ve already had two Kardashians on the show.  Why not add another?

2.  Greg Louganis.  He’s handsome and was always a graceful, elegant diver.  He’s openly gay, and his selection would help diversity in casting.

3.  Mary Lou Retton.  She was a darling in 1984 and has some dance experience with her gymnastics background.  And who can resist her still-contagious smile?

4.  Dorothy Hamill.  She’s America’s Sweetheart!  And because every one will want her haircut all over again.

5.  Karch Kiraly.  What hero for the US in both indoor and outdoor beach volleyball!  It’s a no-brainer!

6. Jackie Joyner Kersee.  She can compete in six different events to make up the heptathlon, but ballroom dancing isn’t one of them.  How would she fair?

7.  Mitch Gaylord.  He’s been in the movies and “Hollywood Squares.”  He’s got his SAG card.  Let’s see if he’s still got that star quality!

8.  Carl Lewis.  He was once an aspiring dancer and singer.  And if that residency issue regarding his bid to run for NJ Senate falls through, this would be a great time filler.

9.  Mark Johnson.  There has to be a member of the 1980 Hockey Team in the cast.  It’s a requirement.

10.  Janet Evans.  Although she just emerged from retirement, this American darling of swimming will give Mary Lou Retton tough competition in the smile department.

11.  Bonnie Blair.  This is most likely a disaster waiting to happen, but she’d give it all she’s got.

12.  Tenley Albright.  There’s always an older contestant or two.  And she’s younger than Buzz Aldrin.

13.  Evelyn Ashford.  A gifted athlete who was probably a bit overshadowed by Joyner-Kersee and the late Flo Jo.

14.  Eric Heiden.  Another no-brainer.  An American hero from the 1980 Games!



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Tarzan and the Olympic Connection

Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan.

“The public forgives my acting because they know I was an athlete. ” –Johnny Weissmuller

In today’s world, an athlete who wins Olympic medals will hear the beckoning of advertisers, talk shows, and countless others.  In the US, Americans who win Olympic medal appear on the Wheaties Cereal box, sign endorsement deals with companies such as Subway or McDonald’s, and will sit down to talk with Jay Leno or David Letterman.    They can also land guest-starring roles on television (Vancouver’s star Lindsey Vonn had a less than memorable one.).  And, many of them have tried to use their Olympic success for launching an acting career.  Carl Lewis, Greg Louganis, and Tara Lipinski have had less than successful results;  but if an Olympian can win the roll of “Tarzan,” their chances at Hollywood fame seem better!

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Greatest American Summer Olympians

Much like Memorial Day,  Independence Day  has become associated more with parades, barbecues, and picnics than its actual significance.  We often fail to stop and remember the courage which was exhibited by the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the impact of their actions.

Feeling patriotic today, I thought it would be a great time to make my list of favorite American Summer Olympians.  They are the ones whom I deem to be  Olympic Heroes.  There was no set of criteria use to make this selection, but  I did take into account the number of medals won, the adversity they might have faced, and how they carried themselves when representing the USA during the Summer Olympics.

So, to Shannon Miller, Greg Louganis, Bob Beamon, Al Oerter, Jesse Owens, John Jesus Flanagan, Patricia McCormick, Glenn Ashby Davis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Carl Lewis, Jim Thorpe, Ray Ewry, Michael Phelps, George Eyser, Tracy Caulkins, Janet Evans, Karch Kiraly, Wilma Rudolph, Mark Spitz, and Flo Hyman, I salute you!

Swifter, Higher, Stronger.

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