Shawn Johnson Wins Dancing With the Stars

May 20, 2009 By:
Shawn Johnson Wins Dancing With the Stars

Olympian Shawn Johnson has a new trophy to add to her collection--a big shinny disco ball.

The petite dancing queen beat out Melissa Rycroft and Gilles Marini and was crowned the season 8 winner of Dancing with the Stars.

“This means the world to me,” Johnson said minutes after taking possession of her new trophy. “We worked so hard just to make it to the finals. This is the best.”

The 17-year-old Olympic gold medalist and her partner Mark Ballas were on fire Tuesday night. But their win must have upset Marini, because not much separated the two dancers — less than 1% — the smallest margin between a winner and loser in Dancing’s eight seasons.

“Shawn’s freestyle was the best of all of them. With cha cha cha, tango, waltz — they all have a structure. But in the freestyle anything goes and you may or may not get it right. Shawn and Mark got it right. The other two [Marini and Melissa Rycroft] did not get it right,” Judge Bruno Tonioli told People magazine.

Johnson missed her high school prom to be apart of this show, so being crowned the champion certainly made up for that! Who were you rooting for? Are you happy or upset about Johnson's win? Tell us your thoughts!