Tennis ace Martina Navratilova is the latest celebrity to join
the popular American television show Dancing with the Stars.
The 55 year-old sports professional was announced as part of the
line-up on Tuesday during news magazine Good Morning America.
Competing against the likes of singer Gladys Knight, actor Jack
Wagner and Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins, Navratilova is already
an early odds-on favorite to make it to the finals after being
partnered with Tony Dovolani.
Speaking at the launch of the new season in Los Angeles, she said:
"I like to conquer my phobia. I was afraid of heights. I got a
pilot's license. My biggest fear was to drown, so I got a
SCUBA-diving license. I get embarrassed dancing by myself, so I
figured why not do it in front of millions of people.
"Staying focused on something physical for such a long time is
easy for us and it does involve your body. And I think if you excel
in one sport, it's easy to pick up the movements in another."
Yes, despite her determination, she also admitted that it will be
"Tennis is all closed up. This is all open and my hands are
totally doing the wrong thing. It's a learning experience."
Last year, the show sparked debate after Chaz Bono became the
show's first trans character.