12:32 AM EDT 10/17/2013
Originally posted 03/28/2012 09:00AM
Two weeks of low scores on a competitive season was too much to overcome for Martina Navratilova and her partner Tony Dovolani, who became the first couple to go on Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night.
"I'll miss Tony," Navratilova, 55, told reporters backstage after her elimination. "We had a lot of fun. I started feeling the dances better. And I really felt so much more confident yesterday than the first week. Go figure."
When asked if he had any regrets about leaving the show first, Dovolani told PEOPLE, "Absolutely not," adding, "Martina's probably one of the most wonderful people I've ever had the chance to work with. Not only is she a female icon, but she has probably the kindest heart I've ever met. So, I'm actually pretty destroyed right now."
Originally posted 03/27/2012 10:20PM
Season 14 of Dancing with the Stars premiered with what head judge Len Goodman considered the most impressive debut in the show's history. But it's a competition – and somebody had to go.
With two weeks of combined scores, Martina Navratilova, Melissa Gilbert, Gavin DeGraw and Gladys Knight ranked lowest among the 12 couples on the show. But which celebrity and their pro partner were in jeopardy of heading home once votes were added into the equation? And who was the first to leave the ballroom this season?
Keep reading to find out ...
Originally posted 03/20/2012 08:30AM
Dancing with the Stars is back on its toes!
A new round of ballroom competition began Monday night on ABC – and if the season premiere is any indication, it's going to be a hot one. "Without a doubt, this is the best first show of any season," head judge Len Goodman said after the night's final performance.
Keep reading to find out who took an early lead, but beware: spoilers ahead.
Originally posted 03/06/2012 11:50AM
The season 14 cast members of Dancing with the Stars are set to hit the parquet in fewer than two weeks. But the new crop of contestants have already suited up in their sparkling best to pose for official portraits.
Sherri Shepherd, who will dance with Val Chmerkovskiy, calls her stint on the ballroom dance competition a "dream come true."
She'll face off against soap star-turned-singer Jack Wagner, who will partner with Anna Trebunskaya. Tennis icon Martina Navratilova will also hit the floor with Tony Dovolani. And Family Matters star Jaleel White will compete alongside former champ Kym Johnson.
Originally posted 02/28/2012 08:20AM
Spring is just around the corner – and so is season 14 of Dancing with the Stars! Twelve new cast members, including Sherri Shepherd, and their professional dance partners were announced on Good Morning America Tuesday.
"It's a dream come true," The View co-host told PEOPLE about training with returning pro Val Chmerkovskiy. "He is one of the best frickin' dancers in the world. He's hot!"
And here's who else is preparing to take the ballroom by storm when the show's new season premieres March 19 on ABC:
Originally posted 12/10/2010 02:15PM
Martina Navratilova's goal of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro was dashed prematurely after an illness landed her in a Kenyan hospital four days into her journey.
The tennis pro was taken off the climb up the 19,341 ft. Tanzanian mountain after developing high altitude pulmonary oedema, a condition marked by fluid in the lungs. Navratilova, 54, was one of 27 climbers making the trek to raise money for Laureus Sport for Good Foundation charity, which uses sports as a means to combat social challenges like substance abuse and mental health problems.
"I'm disappointed not to be able to complete this amazing journey," she said in a statement released Friday as she recovered at Nairobi Hospital in Kenya. "It was something that I have wanted to do for so long, but it was not to be. I am so pleased that we got it going and I will be watching and waiting for news from the climb when they reach the summit [on Saturday]."
The Mt. Kilimanjaro climb began Dec. 6 and is expected to wrap up on Dec. 11.
Originally posted 09/30/2010 06:05PM
Six months after revealing that she had breast cancer, Martina Navratilova has some good news about her health. "I am cancer-free," she tells PEOPLE, happily.
"Technically I was cancer free after the lumpectomy in March," the tennis champ says. "But then I had radiation to make sure that it killed any cancer cells that were still hovering about."
Navratilova, who was diagnosed with a non-invasive form of breast cancer called ductal carcinoma, underwent six weeks of grueling radiation treatment. "Surgery was easy," she says, "but the radiation was trickier. It was six weeks of really low energy. Radiation just sucks your energy like a vampire, day by day."
Originally posted 04/07/2010 12:00PM
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The disease was detected early, and the prognosis is said to be excellent.
"I cried," Navratilova, 53, tells PEOPLE about the moment in February when a biopsy came back positive after a routine mammogram revealed a cluster in her left breast. "It knocked me on my ass, really. I feel so in control of my life and my body, and then this comes, and it's completely out of my hands."
She was diagnosed with a non-invasive form of breast cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, which in her case was confined to the milk ducts and had not spread to the breast tissue. "It was the best-case scenario you could imagine for detecting breast cancer," Dr. Mindy Nagle, a good friend of Navratilova's (and her ob gyn), tells PEOPLE.
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