Jan. 19th, 1992
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
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Shawn Machel Johnson (born January 19, 1992) is a retired American artistic gymnast.
Born in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Doug and Teri Johnson. Her parents enrolled her in a gymnastics class at age three after they noticed her climbing cabinets and jumping off tables. At age six, Johnson was one of Liang Chow's first students when he opened a gymnastics school in West Des Moines. She is a devout Christian.
Johnson attended Valley High School. She was on the honor roll, and liked to attend football games, and dances. Through 2008, Johnson maintained a more balanced lifestyle than typical of elite female gymnasts. She limited her gymnastics training to 25 hours per week, as opposed to the more typical 40 hours.
In February 2009, Johnson became a celebrity competitor on ABC's Dancing with the Stars season eight, partnered with season six winner, professional dancer Mark Ballas. In the finale, tightest in the show's history, Johnson beat 'Gilles Marini' by less than 1%. She is the youngest champion in show's history (and was the youngest contestant until 'Zendaya' in season 16).
In April 2009, she appeared in the music video "Do You Love Me" by Ballas Hough Band wearing one of her Dancing with the Stars costumes. Later, she reunited with one of the show hosts, 'Tom Bergeron', at the 82nd Scripps National Spelling Bee to discuss her victory.
Johnson left public school in the spring of 2009. She and her mother relocated to Los Angeles, California before appearing on Dancing With the Stars. As of 2010, she finished high school with a private tutor. As of fall 2013, she is enrolled at Vanderbilt University studying sports psychology and nutrition.
On September 24, 2012, Johnson again became a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, on the All-Star edition (season 15). Her partner this time was three-time champion Derek Hough. The team of Johnson and Hough came in 2nd place to Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani, which aired on November 27, 2012. During the finale, Len Goodman called Johnson "The No-Stress Express", stating that every piece that was thrown at her, she pulled off with little stress, and turned out a clean performance. In week three, judge Bruno Tonioli called Johnson, and her partner, Derek Hough "The Incredibles", after their performance on stage, stating that it was "The best routine I have seen in 15 seasons in America of Dancing With the Stars and 9 in the UK with Strictly Come Dancing.
She is the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist and team, all-around and floor exercise silver medalist.
Johnson became a member of the U.S. senior team in 2007. She is the 2007 individual all-around World Champion and 2007 World Champion on floor exercise. As well as being the 2007 U.S. Champion on balance beam and floor exercise, the 2008 U.S. Champion on floor exercise and silver medalist on balance beam, she is a three-time U.S. all-around Champion, winning once as a junior and twice as a senior.
Johnson announced her retirement from gymnastics on June 3, 2012.
On August 15, 2013 Johnson, along with her 2007 Worlds team teammates, was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.