Louis Smith
The Olympic medallist looks ready to swap his gym kit for some dancing shoes. Reuters

Olympic star Louis Smith is preparing for a stint on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

According to reports, the 23-year-old silver medallist will trade the gym mat for the dance floor. Show bosses are said to be keen to play on the popularity of the London 2012 Games by recruiting as many Team GB stars as possible.

Cyclist Victoria Pendleton and Beth Tweddle are also rumoured to be taking part in the show.

A show insider told the Sun that Smith's balance and poise made him an ideal candidate to compete in the show's next series.

The source said: "Louis captured the hearts of viewers during the Olympics when he burst into tears after his pommel horse performance. Now we want him to win over viewers.

"As an athlete, he is fit and dedicated and would be capable of some amazing dance moves."

Smith's good looks are said to have also worked in his favour, the source added.

"He will definitely be one of the show's heart-throbs.

"He has yet to sign on the dotted line but it's likely when the line-up is announced he will be on the list of contestants."

Smith unsuccessfully auditioned for the X Factor in 2009.