"Dancing with the Stars" starts its new season tonight, and Coke has a connection with one of the hopeful dancers.

I was really surprised at the list of the celebrities and athletes who are competing this year -- from Olympians to a chef to actors I grew up with.

One of the stars -- track and field athlete Maurice Greene -- was featured in a commercial for our Powerade sports drink in 2000. Greene won two gold medals at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney and silver and bronze medals at the 2004 Games in Athens.

The campaign for Powerade focused on the things athletes do to get ready to compete -- and win. (That of course included Powerade!)

In Greene's case, the commercial shows him writing "9.76" on a sheet of paper and putting it inside his track shoe. He's going to compete in the race with that ideal time written down, in his shoe and under his feet the whole time. Then the ad reminds us: "Whatever you do to get up for the game … Stay up."

While I would never pick favorites among all of the dancers tonight, I might be pulling just a bit extra for our advertising alum!