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Simone Biles Is 'Dancing With the Stars' Producers' Top Olympic Athlete Pick to Join Season 23

by Jennifer Drysdale 2:44 PM PDT, August 18, 2016
Playing Simone Biles Is 'Dancing With the Stars' Producers' Top Olympic Athlete Pick to Join Season 23

Simone Biles might have a mirror ball in her future!

A source confirms to ET that Dancing With the Stars producers have set their sights on the 19-year-old Olympian to join season 23 of the competition, set to begin this fall.

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Biles is an obvious choice for producers, as gymnasts Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson and Biles' teammate Aly Raisman have all fared well on the show. Whether or not Biles will be able to compete next season is still up in the air. The gold medalist is contracted to participate in Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics, which runs throughout the United States from mid-September through mid-November.

And while she certainly knows how to bring it during her floor routines (you don't get a move named after you for just any reason), Biles admits she's not the best dancer.

"I would [like to participate]," she said in a statement reported by Yahoo! "But I can't dance."

Biles isn't the only Olympian whose name is being tossed around to join the cast. Check out our roundup of athletes -- plus a couple reality stars and actors -- we'd like to see compete for the mirror ball trophy below.

Michael Phelps

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The 31-year-old athlete might have retired from swimming after claiming his 28th Olympic medal in Rio, but we think there's still a little competition left in him. Phelps has been asked to participate in the ABC series before, but perhaps 2016 is his lucky year. Plus, who wouldn't love to see baby Boomer cheering him on from the sidelines?

McKayla Maroney

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Retired from elite gymnasts (now focusing on a career in entertainment), Maroney is rumored to be in the running of those soon joining Dancing With the Stars. In fact, fans have already started speculating the 20-year-old will be paired with Mark Ballas, after she recently started following him on Twitter.

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Katie Ledecky

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The 19-year-old swimmer has become a household name since taking home four gold medals and one silver in the Rio Olympics, even nabbing herself a spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated with Biles and Phelps. While Ledecky is expected to start her college career at Stanford in the fall, what’s a little traveling for another trophy?

Dominique Moceanu

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Rounding out the list of Olympic contenders is Moceanu, who famously took home gold with the U.S. gymnastics team for the first time in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. According to the 34-year-old former gymnast, she'd "be perfect for it." "I'd love to do it. I really would. I've been in the mix three times that I’m aware of," she said in a recent interview with Cleveland.com. "I almost made it eight years ago, and I almost made it recently."

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JoJo Fletcher

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Another possible contestant who has expressed interest in joining DWTS is former Bachelorette Fletcher -- a solid pick following fellow Bachelor stars Chris Soules, Sean Lowe, and Melissa Rycroft (who won the show's All-Stars season in 2012).

"I got a chance to go to one of the live shows last season, and I was blown away with how unbelievable that show was. I think that if the opportunity came up, I would think about it, because it seems like one of the coolest, most challenging things you could do," she told Glamour. "I would definitely consider it."

Teresa Giudice

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Giudice admitted to once turning down the opportunity to take out her dancing shoes because of scheduling conflicts with The Real Housewives of New Jersey, but would love to join the show this season.  "Of course, if I can, I would do it," she told Reality TV World in April. "I love Dancing With the Stars. It's one of my favorites. They did ask me to be on it, but I couldn't because I was doing Housewives."

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Beverley Mitchell

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Jodie Sweetin filled the coveted throwback spot last season, so it's only fitting her Hollywood Darlings co-star Mitchell would participate in season 23. In fact, Sweetin recently told ET she's been encouraging the 35-year-old former 7th Heaven star to go for it. "I have talked to [Beverley and Christine Lakin] about it," she teased at the premiere of Kubo and the Two Strings. "We'll see. They might. You never know."

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