17 Most Successful Athletes in 'Dancing With the Stars' History

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DANCING WITH THE STARS -JERRY RICE, ANNA TREBUNSKAYA
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Jerry Rice (Season 2)

The former receiver for the San Francisco 49ers finished in second place with partner Anna Trebunskaya.

DANCING WITH THE STARS - EMMITT SMITH, CHERYL BURKE
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Emmitt Smith (Season 3)

All-time leading rusher and former Dallas Cowboy, Smith won Season 3 with partner Cheryl Burke. Smith also placed fourth in the ensuing All-Star season.

DANCING WITH THE STARS - APOLO ANTON OHNO, JULIANNE HOUGH
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Apolo Ohno (Season 4)

The Winter Olympian and partner Julianne Hough came in first place on Season 4. Ohno later came in fifth place during his All-Star season.

DANCING WITH THE STARS - HELIO CASTRONEVES, JULIANNE HOUGH
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Helio Castroneves (Season 5)

Partnered with Julianne Hough, the Indy race car driver won Season 5.

DANCING WITH THE STARS - EDYTA SLIWINSKA, JASON TAYLOR
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Jason Taylor (Season 6)

The former defensive end for the Miami Dolphins was the runner-up in Season 6 alongside partner Edyta Sliwinska.

DANCING WITH THE STARS - KRISTI YAMAGUCHI, MARK BALLAS
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Kristi Yamaguchi (Season 6)

The Olympic figure skater placed first in Season 6 with partner Mark Ballas.

DANCING WITH THE STARS - WARREN SAPP, KYM JOHNSON
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Warren Sapp (Season 7)

The NFL player and Super Bowl champion partnered with Kym Johnson to finish second in Season 7.

DANCING WITH THE STARS - SHAWN JOHNSON, MARK BALLAS
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Shawn Johnson (Season 8)

Partnered with Mark Ballas, the Olympic gold medalist finished first in Season 8. The gymnast later finished runner-up on her All-Star season.

DANCING WITH THE STARS - ANNA TREBUNSKAYA, EVAN LYSACEK
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Evan Lysacek (Season 10)

The U.S. Olympic male skater and partner Anna Trebunskaya came in second place on Season 10.

DANCING WITH THE STARS - HINES WARD, KYM JOHNSON
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Hines Ward (Season 12)

The Super Bowl winner added another trophy to his collection when he and partner Kym Johnson won Season 12.

DANCING WITH THE STARS - DONALD DRIVER, PETA MURGATROYD
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Donald Driver (Season 14)

The former wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers won Season 14 with his partner, Peta Murgatroyd.

DANCING WITH THE STARS -DEREK HOUGH, AMY PURDY
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Amy Purdy (Season 18)

The Paralympic snowboarder and partner Derek Hough finished second on Season 18.

DANCING WITH THE STARS - MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY, MERYL DAVIS
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Meryl Davis (Season 18)

Partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, the ice dancer and gold medalist finished in first place in Season 18.

DANCING WITH THE STARS -PAIGE VANZANT, MARK BALLAS
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Paige VanZant (Season 22)

Ultimate Fighter VanZant placed second on Season 22 along with partner Mark Ballas.

DANCING WITH THE STARS - VAL CHMERKOVSKIY, LAURIE HERNANDEZ
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Laurie Hernandez (Season 22)

The Olympic gymnast and partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy finished Season 22 in first place.

DANCING WITH THE STARS - LINDSAY ARNOLD, DAVID ROSS
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David Ross (Season 24)

The former MLB catcher and his partner, Lindsay Arnold, were runners-up on Season 24.

DANCING WITH THE STARS - EMMA SLATER, RASHAD JENNINGS
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Rashad Jennings (Season 24)

NFL running back and New York Giant Jennings finished Season 24 in first place along with partner Emma Slater.

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After 25 seasons of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, the show is returning for yet another season, this time with a twist — an all-athlete cast.

With their competitive nature and athleticism, professional athletes have a track record for performing well on the show. Since the first season in 2005, 62 athletes have competed on the show and 10 managed to walk away with the Mirrorball.

To prepare for the new season, we’ve put together a gallery of the top 17 athletes of years past. Click through the gallery above to see who made the cut!

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