Natalie Coughlin is an Olympic champion swimmer who has several records to her name, while Alec Mazo won the first ever season of Dancing with the Stars and is back for his fifth season. If you've caught at least one season of the show, you know how athletes have historically fared on this competition. We need not look far. Just recently, we had Olympians Kristi Yamaguchi and Shawn Johnson blowing away the competition.
Some point to the athletes' familiarity with the physicality that comes with dancing, with the discipline that is necessary, and the dexterity that these athletes have acquired through years and years of training. Although we also know that being an athlete isn't nearly enough. Cases in point: Evander Holyfield and Monica Seles.
As for Coughlin, she is obviously keen on not hiking expectations. "I don't do much on land. I'm out of my element," she said, adding that there might be a couple of techniques that she's totally alien with.
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