Can another Olympian take the prize?

From controversial model and host Amber Rose to rapper Vanilla Ice to “Brady Bunch” big sis Maureen McCormick (and let’s not forget about to 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte), Monday night TV is about to get interesting.

Dose chatted exclusively with 10-time DWTS contestant Karina Smirnoff at NYC hot spot, Sushi Roxx, a restaurant/entertainment venue with dancing and singing waiters. Since Smirnoff has choreographed a number of dances for the staff, she was on the scene to celebrate her collaboration.

The professional ballroom dancer and season 13 partner J.R. Martinez took home first place, beating out Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke in the final round. We asked the Ukrainian born beauty if she considers dancing a real workout. “Dancing is the best?—?you forget you’re even working out,” said Smirnoff. “It’s also great for your mind because you have to memorize all the steps.”


Season 23 definitely has an impressive cast, but Smirnoff is putting money on 16-year-old Laurie Hernandez. “She’s a gymnast, so she’ll have discipline, perseverance, the right attitude and flexibility—she definitely has the upper hand,” said Smirnoff.

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So, what’s up with Olympians ending up on ABC’s hottest dancing show? “I think any athlete who has been through training definitely knows what it takes to achieve your goal,” said Smirnoff.

This isn’t the first time Olympians made their mark on DWTS—Kristi Yamaguchi won season 6 and gymnast Shawn Johnson won season 8. With season 23 premiering on the heels of the Rio Olympics, it’s a great way to keep team USA in our hearts through fall.

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Smirnoff does have some thoughts about Ryan Lochte, who joined the cast after a made-up a story about how he and three other American swimmers were robbed at gunpoint in Rio.

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“I think he just has to be himself,” said Smirnoff. “I don’t know if he has any rhythm, but if he can dance as good as he can swim, he’s got no problem.”

We’re just happy Lochte can pull off Gold rhinestones.