Gymnastics Champion Shawn Johnson to “Star” on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars
Olympic Gymnastics sensation SHAWN JOHNSON will be the youngest ever competitor on “Dancing with the Stars.” The 17 year-old Olympic gymnastics phenom was the gymnastics gold medalist in balance beam at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing where she also earned 3 silver medals in the team, floor exercise and individual all-around categories.
Expect to see Shawn practicing in her line of adidas gymnastics leotards and gymnastic shorts while on the show.
The current two-time National Gymnastics Champion and high-school Junior Johnson appeared on a limited edition Cheerios box in early 2009, led the pledge of allegiance at last year’s Democratic National Convention in Denver, was a headliner of last fall’s Tour of Gymnastics Superstars and was named Choice Female Athlete at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards. Her debut biography Shawn Johnson: Olympic Champion: Stories Behind the Smile was released in December.
“Dancing with the Stars” returns with new surprises and all the elements viewers have come to know and love. In addition, couples will once again take part in a team dance, group dance and face off as well as perform the Argentine Tango and East Coast Swing; a first in the series. And in an exciting new twist, the bottom two couples facing elimination will “Dance Off” to determine who is dismissed in the first weeks of competition.
An all new cast of celebrities hits the dance floor on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” with the highly anticipated two-hour season premiere MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2009 (8:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on ABC. Season Eight introduces us to 13 new stars including the youngest competitor (and olympic gymnast) to date, an NFL legend, a computer icon, a female rapper, three music artists, and a “Wildboy.” Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 30 minutes after the “Dancing with the Stars” performance shows.
Replicas of these striking adias leotards were featured this fall in GK’s Continue the Quest Olympic Leotards collection.