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Olympians Victoria Pendleton and Louis Smith to join Strictly Come Dancing line-up

Victoria Pendleton is looking forward to the glamour Photo: PA

Olympic stars Victoria Pendleton and Louis Smith are set to take on their next challenge - doing the cha cha cha on Strictly Come Dancing.

Victoria Pendleton waves to fans after losing her second Sprint final

Gold-medal winning cyclist Pendleton, 31, who retired from the sport after the London Games, has made no secret of her desire to take part in the BBC1 ballroom dancing contest, she told the Lorraine Show in August that;

I'd be very interested.

The idea of being very glamorous, it definitely appeals to me. After wearing Lycra suits and tracksuits for so long and not a lot of make-up I think, yeah, that would be good fun.

Smith, who won the silver medal in the pommel horse event and has hinted that he will not compete in Rio 2016, has already appeared on a previous series of The X Factor.

Fellow sportsman Michael Vaughan is expected to take to the dancefloor alongside the 23-year-old gymnast.

Louis Smith celebrates with his Silver medal Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

The 37-year-old former cricket captain will have his work cut out for him as he follows in the footsteps of cricketers Darren Gough and Mark Ramprakash - who have previously won Strictly.

It has already been announced that Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh is one of this year's 14 contestants.

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan during Day Two of the 2011 Royal Ascot Credit: PA

Other stars confirmed include Westlife's Nicky Byrne, Daybreak presenter Richard Arnold and actress Dani Harmer.

Former children's TV host Johnny Ball is expected to join them - the oldest competitor at the age of 74 - alongside model Jerry Hall and actor Sid Owen, best known for appearing as Ricky Butcher in EastEnders.

Fern Britton Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

They are set to be joined by presenter Fern Britton, who participated in the Strictly Christmas special in 2010 and former Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley.

James Bond actor Colin Salmon and actress and singer Denise Van Outen are set to complete the line-up.