Which Fierce Fiver Would Johnson Pick for 'DWTS'?
By ROBERT PACE
September 17, 2012
Less than a year after she won an Olympic gold medal in Beijing, Shawn Johnson continued her reign of victory on Dancing with the Stars and became the youngest winner in the show's history. Now returning to the show for its All-Stars season, Johnson revealed which of the Fierce Five she would like to see dance with the stars one day.
"Personally, I think it would be hilarious and awesome too see McKayla Maroney on ['Dancing with the Stars']," Johnson said before a dance rehearsal with her partner Derek Hough. "She has so much sass and attitude."
While her fellow Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Maroney may make a good candidate for the show, she probably will not be able to compete on Dancing any time soon due to a recent surgery-rendering injury that she suffered while on an extensive post-Olympics tour.
No stranger to injury herself, Johnson gave an update on her left knee, which sustained an injury that eventually forced her to prematurely end her gymnastics career and miss the 2012 London Olympics.
"The knee's holding up pretty well," the 20-year-old Iowa native revealed. "There's good days and bad days; I think that it will always be like that, but it's doing good."
Although the wear-and-tear of dancing may leave Johnson susceptible to re-injury, she revealed that she hasn't been wearing a supportive brace during rehearsals and was never a fan of sporting a brace during her gymnastics days.
After spending three years off the dance floor, the balance-beam gold medalist divulged that she was intimidated to get back into the swing of things.
"I'd say the most intimidating thing is just being wrapped-up in it all. I mean, it's real. I'm back on the show and competing," she said. "I don't want to say I have a title to defend but everybody's going after the same thing, so it's not like you can slack off at all."
Watch Shawn Johnson's journey for her second Mirrorball Trophy on Dancing with the Stars beginning September 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC.