Meryl Davis, Charlie White on DWTS
A pair of Olympic champions and a former NHL bad boy will be part of the new cast for ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who captured ice dancing gold at the Sochi Olympics last month, will join 12-year NHL veteran Sean Avery for the 18th season of the reality television show, in which contestants showcase their skills on the dance floor with professional partners in a competitive format.
Davis and White, who also won bronze in Sochi in team short dance and have the longest-running ice dancing partnership in U.S. figure skating history, will compete apart on DWTS.
Avery had eventful stints with the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars and New York Rangers. No stranger to controversy both on and off the ice, Avery twice led the NHL in penalty minutes.
Also set to compete on the show is long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, who in September became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage -- a 53-hour feat that spanned approximately 110 miles.
She will be joined on set by Amy Purdy, the second-ranked para-snowboarder in the world who lost both her legs at age 19 due to meningitis. Purdy will make her Paralympic debut in Sochi on March 14 -- just three days before DWTS's season debut.
Professional athletes are no strangers to the show.
One current star athlete who won't compete in this year's show: Russell Wilson.
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback recently told Access Hollywood that he's declined multiple opportunities to compete on DWTS, including this year.