Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Shawn Johnson talks on 2nd on 'Dancing'
By Lynn Hoppes
Considering "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" champion Melissa Rycroft to be part of her family, highly favored competitor Shawn Johnson was not mad that she didn't win the mirror ball trophy on Tuesday's final.
"Standing there next to Melissa, being such good friends, knowing how hard she worked, I couldn't have cared less who won the trophy," said Johnson, who won Season 8 and was the favorite heading into the final. "To see that amount of joy in someone's face, how could you not be happy for her?"
Rycroft, who was a reality show star before appearing on Season 15 of the ABC dance elimination show, pulled off the biggest upset in the history of the show. TV star Kelly Monaco finished third.
"DWTS" fans will say Johnson lost the crown during Monday's live show when she and pro partner Derek Hough broke some ballroom dancing moves into their quickstep, which cost them points by the judges. And that -- not the fans' votes -- was the difference in the final tally.
"Each week Derek and I did take calculated risks instead of necessarily following the rules. We were there to please the crowd, even if it meant doing something not allowed," said Johnson, who won four medals in gymnastics at the 2008 Olympics. "In all those years of the show, the fans had seen everything. We wanted to push it to a new level."
And Johnson has no regrets about those decisions.
"Derek and I could not have done anything more. We were proud of every one of our dances," she said. "There is no reward more greater."
Now the 20-year-old Johnson will focus on the next chapter: college to study women's health, working with networks on some new TV ventures and opening a gym.
"Gymnastics was my life. Now it's gone. Dancing is now over. It's time to transition into my new career," Johnson said. "I have a bunch of new things in the works. It's time to get started now."