Dancing with the Stars: What's Next for Shawn Johnson?
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Shawn Johnson has a new trophy to add to her collection: the Dancing with the Stars mirror ball trophy! The 17-year-old Olympic gold medalist beat French actor Gilles Marini and The Bachelor's Melissa Rycroft in Tuesday's finale, making her the youngest winner in the show's history. So what's next for Shawn?

According to Shawn's family, they're not sure of what's next for her, but if she wants to compete in the 2012 Olympics, she'll have to decide soon.

As a gymnast, Shawn has won more statues than most no matter their age. She is the 2008 Olympic women's balance beam gold medalist, the individual all-around silver medalist, the 2007 all-around World champion and the 2008 U.S. all-around champion. But after dedicating almost half of her life to gymnastics, and conquering the dance floor most recently, Shawn feels that she deserves a break.
"I have no idea," the Dancing with the Stars champ told Regis Philbin. "I'm going to take a break. I haven't been on vacation in eight years."

Liang Chow, Shawn's gymnastics coach, is very impressed with Shawn's performance on Dancing with the Stars. He's also aware that Hollywood opportunities abound for the dancing starlet. However, gymnastics "isn't like riding a bike" and dreams of the London Olympics would mean starting soon.

"It's not that easy at all," he said. "It takes a lot of mental and physical preparation and again, the consistency is the key, as well."

Shawn Johnson would be 20 by 2012 and many experts believe that she might not be able to put in more years at the gym. But it seems that Shawn just wants to enjoy her youth and go with the flow.

"I don't know yet," she told Philbin. "We're going to see if that's what I still enjoy doing, but it's just about having fun."

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: kcci.com
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