Karina Smirnoff Weighs In on All-Star Cast of Dancing with the Stars

Karina Smirnoff (left) and Bristol Palin

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updated 08/01/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET

originally published 08/04/2012 AT 2:45 PM ET

Since the all-star cast of the fall season of Dancing with the Stars was revealed, it’s become clear that all bets are off regarding the show’s next winner. After all, the cast includes returning champions like former NFL player Emmitt Smith and Olympians Apolo Anton Ohno and Shawn Johnson, as well as beloved fan-favorites like Melissa Rycroft, Kirstie Alley and Gilles Marini.

But Dancing pro (and season 13 winner) Karina Smirnoff isn’t afraid to share her thoughts on who might emerge victorious in the show’s new season, which premieres Sept. 24 on ABC.

“The women are very strong, but the male celebrity guests are a little bit stronger overall,” Smirnoff told PEOPLE at an event sponsored by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. “I mean, we have an Olympian male guest – Apolo Anton Ohno. I’m sure he’ll go very far.”


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