Athletes always have a ball on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

United States' Simone Biles performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

The new cast of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” was announced, and it includes several current and former athletes.

Among those participating are former Cubs catcher David Ross, former figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, free agent NFL running back Rashad Jennings and Olympic gymnast Simon Biles.

Here was the announcement on “Good Morning American.”

The International Business Times points out that nine athletes have won in 23 seasons of the show. And the odds are in favor of another winning this year:

Simone Biles is projected to be the winner of “DWTS.” has given her +165 betting odds. … Former figure skater Nancy Kerrigan has the third-best odds at +770. Rashad Jennings is hoping to become the fourth NFL player to win “DWTS,” and the running back ranks fourth among the 12 contestants with +876 odds. … One athlete, however, isn’t given much of a chance to win the competition. Catcher David Ross (+1574 odds).

Let’s analyze he each athlete

Here is Biles’ announcement:

She’s going to have to do better than this if she hopes to win:

Simone Biles and Aly Raisman dancing to "Single Ladies"

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USA Today gives her 2/1 odds:

Why she’ll win: If we gave (gymnast Laurie) Hernandez 4/1 odds last year for a combination of off-the-charts athleticism, popularity and history (fellow gymnast Shawn Johnson won DWTS in 2009), double that for Biles.

Why she won’t: There’s really no huge reason that stands out. Look out, fellow athletes.

Here is Kerrigan’s announcement:

Fun fact: She was a pretty good figure skater, and that can’t hurt her chances on “DWTS.”

USA Today gives her 8/1 odds:

Why she’ll win: The former skating star is still popular among sports fans and was quite an athlete in her Olympic days.

Why she won’t: Can she keep up with younger competitors? The same can be asked of her Major League counterpart below.

Here is Jennings’ announcement:

He’s got decent moves:

He seems to be taking this a bit too seriously:

USA Today gives him 6/1 odds:

Why he’ll win: Former NFL players have fared extremely well in the dance competition. He might have learned a thing or two from ex-Giants teammates like Odell Beckham Jr. … but most important of all is we know he can move:

Why he won’t: If the show is a popularity contest, Jennings isn’t as big of a name as past contestants like Antonio Brown, Hines Ward or Emmitt Smith. But let’s remember Donald Driver won a DWTS title.

And, finally, here is Ross’ announcement:

This doesn’t bode well for his chances:

Someone had a rough day of catching drills today.. But thats what friends are for! #yearlongretirementparty

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USA Today gives him 14/1 odds:

Why he’ll win: Hey, baseball players are athletes too! And this is a 39-year-old coming off one of the more improbable postseasons in recent history, becoming the oldest player to hit a dinger in a World Series Game 7. Momentum and a city thankful that he helped bring a title back to Wrigleyville might give him a serious boost.

Why he won’t: That pesky age concern — he’s “Grandpa Rossy” after all. He’s turning 40 later this month. And how are those knees after all that catching?

CBS Sports says the competition is unfair:

What do you think? Of these four athletes, who stands the best chance of winning “Dancing with the Stars” this season?

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