When the words “Olympian” show up in a Dancing With the Stars cast announcement, we automatically put that person high on the favorites list. When that Olympian is also a teenage gymnast paired with Mark Ballas — we’re right back on Season 8 with winner Shawn Johnson. So we’re wondering if we should just start polishing the Season 16 Mirror Ball trophy for Aly Raisman.
 
But it sounds like Aly, 18, does not view herself as a “ringer.” She told the Boston Globe, “I honestly have no idea how to characterize my dance skills. All I know is that I am going to need a lot of help, because it is actually completely different than gymnastics. I have never tried any of the dances that I will do on the show, so it will definitely be a challenge, but that is why I am so excited. I love working hard and trying new things. When I am with my friends I love to dance and be crazy, but I don’t think about technique. It’s going to be so much fun!”

Aly said she met Mark this past Sunday and they just “clicked.” Mark told On the Red Carpet that Aly is bright, bubbly and sassy. "That's my goal for this season,” Aly told OTRC, “to be really really sassy. Because at the Olympics I was so serious and intense and didn't really show a lot of emotion, besides when I cried after stuff. ... I just want to really have fun and just kind of be crazy and energetic."

Mark knows she's disciplined and can work hard, like all the athletes, so that will definitely help, especially with his high-energy routines. Do you think Aly & Mark could make it to the finals and win?

Sources: Boston Globe, On the Red Carpet