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Social Media Reacts To Mary Lou Retton And Danelle Umstead Joining Dancing With The Stars

By Allie Dosmann | Sept. 12, 2018, 5:24 p.m. (ET)

Danelle Umstead and professional dance partner Artem Chigvintsev (top) and Mary Lou Retton and partner Sasha Farber (bottom) pose at a promo shoot ahead of Season 27 of "Dancing with the Stars."


Season 27 of "Dancing with the Stars" is right around the corner, and, once again, Team USA is making headlines. When the cast was announced earlier on Wednesday, social media was ablaze with the news that Olympic favorite Mary Lou Retton and Danelle Umstead, the first visually impaired contestant, were set to join the show.

Retton is best known for winning five medals in gymnastics at the Olympic Games Los Angeles 1984. Following the Games, she went on to win Amateur Athlete of the Year and Sports Illustrated's Sportswoman of the Year.

Three-time Paralympic alpine skiing medalist Umstead will be the first visually impaired dancer in the show's history. Back in 2016, actor Nyle DiMarco won Season 22 as the first deaf celebrity to win the mirror ball trophy; actress Marlee Matlin competed in 2008 as the first deaf contestant.

Following the announcement, Olympians, Paralympians and Team USA fans alike expressed their excitement for the upcoming season. Here's what they had to say:

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