March 20, 2013 04:00 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Any time a figure skater enters the fray on Dancing with the Stars, he or she can expect plenty of criticism related to the supposed advantage a skating career poses against other contestants on the show. But Dorothy Hamill says that the two endeavors are not nearly as similar as one might expect.
Every season, there’s at least one Dancing with the Stars contestant facing constant accusations about having an unfair advantage over other competitors. For Dancing with the Stars 2013, there’s a whopping three contestants who meet this criteria: Disney star and hip hop dancer Zendaya Coleman, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman and champion figure skater Dorothy Hamill. All three have been trying their best to prove that they also must work hard to receive high scores from the judges.
Dorothy Hamill can’t speak for Aly Raisman or Zendaya Coleman, but she does insist that a background in figure skating is not quite the advantage viewers think it is. She explained to the LA Times that her sole advantage lies in a familiarity with learning choreography. However, the value of this experience is offset by vast differences between ice skating and ballroom dancing. “ In skating, you glide; in dancing you step and must balance…I find the transition very challenging because in skating you have forward motion, but in dancing the physics are simply different.”
There may be challenges involved in learning ballroom dancing, but Dorothy’s still having a blast! She especially enjoys the camaraderie, saying she has been particularly impressed by “friendship we are forming among the celebrities.” According to Dorothy, these budding relationships are “extraordinary!”
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