"Dancing with the Stars" 2014 premieres March 17 on ABC with 12 mirror ball trophy-hungry celebrity/professional couples on the performance roster. According to preseason betting odds posted to Bovada Sportsbook on March 16, a gold medal-winning Olympian is most likely to waltz away with the season 18 win, while a pair of hopefuls are tied for the unenviable long shot spot.
Favored to take the title with 3/2 odds is 2014 Sochi Games gold medalist Meryl Davis, who will open her tenure on the hit reality dance competition with a cha cha cha on the arm of pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Davis' long-time ice dancing partner Charlie White, with whom she won the gold medal, is ranked second with 3/1 odds. White, who will dance with Sharna Burgess, will open his time on "DWTS" with a contemporary routine. Although both Davis and White have extensive dance experience, neither will open season 18 with a familiar, classically ballroom style.
A pair of heartthrobs, Aussie pop star Cody Simpson and "Big Time Rush" star James Maslow, are tied for third place with 6/1 odds. Simpson is paired up with first-time pro teacher and "So You Think You Can Dance" alum Witney Carson, while Maslow will shake his moneymaker alongside season 14 pro champ Peta Murgatroyd.
Alone in fifth place with 10/1 odds is Sochi Paralympic bronze medalist Amy Purdy. Purdy, 34, is the show's first-ever double amputee, and will test the teaching talents of five-time trophy winner Derek Hough as the duo opens season 18 with a cha cha cha.
A trio of ladies hold a share of sixth place with 15/1 odds. Included are "Full House" alum Candace Cameron Bure, who is paired with Mark Ballas; Danica McKellar, who portrayed the enormously popular Winnie Cooper on "The Wonder Years" and will dance with Val Chmerkovskiy; and "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star NeNe Leakes, who is matched up with Tony Dovolani.
Former NHL player Sean Avery, who will debut with a contemporary routine on the arm of Karina Smirnoff, holds the nine-spot with 20/1 odds, while actor Billy Dee Williams follows in 10th place with 25/1 odds. Williams, 76, will dance with Emma Slater.
Finally, a pair of contestants hold identical 33/1 long shot odds of winning season 18. Included are comedian Drew Carey, who will perform with former pro champ Cheryl Burke, and long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, who will dance with Henry Byalikov in his debut as a pro teacher.
"Dancing with the Stars" 2014 airs Monday nights on ABC.