Shawn Johnson is 'run down' on 'Dancing'
October, 15, 2012
By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com
Last week, the first of the four athletes -- IndyCar's Helio Castroneves -- was kicked off ABC's "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars."
That might actually give a boost to Emmitt Smith, Shawn Johnson and Apolo Ohno.
It's been feared that the athletes, who are all past champs, might be splitting the votes from the fans.
"I was shocked that Helio was let go," said Johnson, who won Season 8 of the dance-elimination show. "It's been crazy this season already. I think it's because we have so many All-Stars. We're all trying to figure out how to get our fans to vote for us."
On Monday night's show, the nine remaining dancers will be required to perform an unlearned dance picked by another contestant. That means mambo for Johnson, hip-hop for Ohno and bolero for Smith.
Johnson admits that physically her body feels pretty good, but the eight to 10 hours of rehearsals are making her "a little run down."
She flies each week to her home in Iowa to rest for a few days before heading back for training.
"The first time I competed I was so young and so shy," said the 20-year-old Johnson, who won a gymnastics gold medal in 2008. "I'm having more fun this time. But it's also more pressure. The competition is so good."