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Martina Navratilova and Other Sports Figures Eliminated Early from Dancing with the Stars
With season 12 of the ABC hit television show "Dancing with the Stars" eliminating its first contestant, Martina Navratilova, here is a look at her stint on the show as well as four other sports figures who were eliminated early.
In the first and second episodes of "Dancing with the Stars," Martina Navratilova and professional dancing partner Tony Dovolani performed both the foxtrot and the jive. The judges were not fans of her dancing and after the judges scores were revealed, she was at the bottom of the group. It was revealed on the first elimination episode, the third episode overall, on March 27, 2012, that she was the first celebrity leaving the show. Though she was unsuccessful on the dance floor, Navratilova has one of the most impressive tennis records in the history of the sport.
Metta World Peace
Basketball player Metta World Peace, formerly Ron Artest, appeared in season 13 of the series. He was partnered with Peta Murgatroyd. Murgatroyd was in her first season with the show as a partner for a celebrity. In season 12, she had joined the show as a member of the troupe. Unfortunately, after they danced Cha Cha and received 14 points, the two were eliminated first.
Monica Seles is another tennis player who tried her hand at the show. In season six, she was partnered with Jonathan Roberts. In this season, after two weeks of dances, two of the bottom contestants would be eliminated. Penn Jillette was the male contestant with the lowest score and Monica Seles had the low score for the females. Seles had received a score of 15 for both the foxtrot and the mambo.
Evander Holyfield, who appeared in the first season of the show, was partnered with Edyta Sliwinska. He was the second celebrity to be eliminated after Trista Sutter. Holyfield received an 18 for his Cha Cha in the first week, a 14 for his quickstep in the second week and a 14 in his third week for his jive. He was the only athlete to perform in the first season.
After Kenny Mayne played football in college and had a brief professional career with the NFL, Mayne went on to find success as a sports analyst for ESPN. In season two, Mayne appeared on the show. He was partnered with Andrea Hale. Mayne received a score of 13 from the judges for his Cha Cha and was eliminated in the first week.
Though Kristin Watt is not a fan of all sports, she does follow the news on most sports religiously. Major news events in one sport do tend to ripple out to others and she makes sure that she never misses the big stories.
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