Strictly Come Dancing's 'first contestant' as retired legend branded 'ultimate signing'

Strictly Come Dancing are reportedly hoping to sign Dame Laura Kenny for the upcoming series following her retirement from cycling. The 31-year-old announced earlier this month that she had stepped back from her successful sports career, mostly to focus on her growing family.

Now seemingly with more time on her hands, BBC bosses are said to be keen to get the popular olympian on the dance floor. A source told The Mirror: “Laura is Britain’s most successful female Olympian, with five gold medals. She’s been branded the ultimate signing for Strictly’.

“She has a huge fanbase in the sports and also has a very emotional backstory – the nation loves Laura.” In an emotional statement on her social media, the mother-of-two wrote: “Thank you cycling for everything you’ve given me – including a husband and our growing family!

“Having people say I have inspired women and girls to get active and get on a bike means the world to me. Thanks to Team GB, British Cycling and all the partners who have supported my journey,” she added.

“A special thanks to every team mate I have had over the years and of course to my family for being the best support unit I could ever have wished for. It’s now time for the next chapter.”

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for BBC and Laura for comment.

Should Laura agree to the offer, she could follow in the footsteps of fellow olympian Louis Smith who won the show in 2012.

Other sport stars who have competed for the Glitterball trophy previously include the likes of Robbie Savage, Claudia Fragapane, Laura Steadman and Darren Gough.


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