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.”
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: