Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte and Laurie Hernandez are joining the celebrity cast of season 23 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
The pair appeared live on “GMA” this morning with their pro partners. Val Chmerkovskiy, whose partner last season was “Good Morning America” chief meteorologist Ginger Zee, will dance with Hernandez, while fan favorite pro Cheryl Burke returns this season to partner with Lochte.
“I’m definitely really excited. This is completely new for me,” said Lochte, 32. “I think it’s time for me to hang up the Speedo and put on my dancing shoes and get in that ballroom.
“I’m going to treat this kind of like going into the Olympics,” he added. “You train for so long and you have that one shot to put it all out there, and I think that’s what I’m going to do.”
The rest of the celebrity cast includes talk show host Amber Rose, rapper Vanilla Ice and Rick Perry, the former governor of Texas and a former Republican presidential candidate.
The others in the cast come from the worlds of TV, music and sports. They are “Brady Bunch” star Maureen McCormick, actress Marilu Henner, singer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, “Little Women LA” star Terra Jolé, actor Jake T. Austin, former Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, race car driver James Hinchcliffe and country singer Jana Kramer.