Shawn Johnson Wins Dancing with the Stars!

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Shawn Johnson won four medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

So, where does the season eight title on Dancing with the Stars rank on her resume of achievements? Very high, apparently.

"I've loved every second of it," the 17-year-old champ said backstage before she hoisted the disco ball trophy. ""This has been the best experience ever. I've grown so much."

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According to host Tom Bergeron "less than 1 percent" separated Johnson from fellow finalist Gilles Marini at the end (Melissa Rycroft was voted out first last night and finished in third place).

"This has been, without a doubt the best season ever," said head judge Len Goodman. "We've got the three best dancers here in the final."

All three finalists performed one last dance - and all three earned a perfect score of 30 from the judges. In the end, though, like any winning gymnast, Johnson vaulted past her competition for the title.

Click on the photos below to relive Shawn and Marks journey on Dancing with the Stars:

  • Mark Ballas, Shawn Johnson Pic
  • Riding Her Partner
  • Semifinal Performance
  • Very Cute Couple
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The best dancing partners won. Congrats Shawn & Mark.

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GILLES & CHERYL SHOULD HAVE WON! GREAT THE ENTIRE SEASON!

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gilles was robbed! how could a stiff emotionless brick of a girl won it! such an injustice this is to gilles & cheryl! shawn should be thankful to her fans who are kind of ignorant as to what a dancer means lol

Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente
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