The Dancing with the Stars 2010 lineup is out, and 11 brand new celebrities are set to cha cha, samba and waltz their way toward the Mirrorball Trophy. Evan Lysacek,
the 24-year old reigning World and Olympic men's figure skating champion, will join forces with an as-yet-to-be-named pro dancer and test his moves off the ice. Is Lysacek DWTS season 10's celebrity ringer? Let's take a look at the evidence.
First off, Evan Lysacek won his Olympic gold medal not just because he outskated the competition, but because he out-danced the competition. He used his artistry and elegance to defeat Evgeni Plushenko, the pre-event favorite, despite Plushenko's powerful arsenal of jumps. In addition, and perhaps more pointedly, there's no other man included in the Dancing with the Stars 2010 lineup who boasts an Olympic gold medal in what essentially amounts to dancing on skates, so that's a huge checkmark in Lysacek's favor.
Secondly, by all accounts, Evan Lysacek is a serious workhorse. During the Olympic Games broadcasts, commentator Scott Hamilton repeatedly remaked on Lysacek's strong work ethic, and on the number of hours the skater spends practicing his moves. Fresh off an Olympic training regimen, he may be the best prepared of those included in the Dancing with the Stars 2010 lineup to deal with the rigors of ballroom and Latin dance training.
Thirdly, gold medal-winning Olympians have historically excelled on DWTS. Gymnast Shawn Johnson won Dancing with the Stars season 8 with partner Mark Ballas. Figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, also paired with Ballas, took the season 6 title. Yamaguchi was, in fact, so dominant during her tenure on the DWTS that it was hard to imagine anyone else winning the title. The terms 'Olympian' and 'Dancing with the Stars' go together like peanut butter and jelly, and as the sole Olympian on the Dancing with the Stars 2010 lineup list, Lysacek has a leg up on the competition.