Shawn Johnson from "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" is one of the celebrity contestants in Season 15 of the ABC reality ballroom dancing competition series. She joins three-time champ Derek Hough who returns for his 10th season. She was previously the winner of Season 8 with professional dancer, Mark Ballas.

Shawn Johnson is the 2008 Olympic beam champion. After nearly two years off, she returned to competition with the goal of a spot on the 2012 London team, but on June 3, 2012 she officially announced her retirement due to an ongoing knee injury.

Despite not being named to the 2011 World Team, Shawn Johnson returned to the international stage a week after Worlds when she helped Team USA claim gold at the Pan American Games. She did not compete on floor and thus could not qualify for the all-around finals, but did make the uneven bars event final where she finished second behind teammate Bridgette Caquatto.

While rumors swirled that Johnson was going to make a run at the 2012 Olympics, she officially announced her comeback in May 2010. By November, she was invited back the "The Ranch" for National Team training camps with Team Coordinator Martha Karolyi. Johnson was named to the senior National Team in February 2011, allowing her to compete internationally last season. She competed in her first domestic competition in July 2011 at the CoverGirl Classic where she "got the shakes out." Johnson competed on bars and beam at CoverGirl, and weeks later, added vault back to her repertoire at Nationals.

After struggling in her comeback at CoverGirl Classic, Johnson showed shades of her former self at Nationals. She hit all three routines both nights of competition.

Johnson put on, and then lost, 25 pounds in her three years away from gymnastics after the 2008 Olympic Games. "That whole process kind of broke me down and taught me something," she told USA Today. "People put too much emphasis on looks." Johnson told the media she would search for herself on the Internet and see the negative comments about her weight. "That's sad…everyone should be taught different than that."

Her plan to return to gymnastics suffered a setback in early 2010. Johnson celebrated her 18th birthday with a ski trip in Colorado, but the trip did not end as planned. Johnson tore her ACL and meniscus and underwent surgery in February 2010. As one of the few gymnasts who did not suffer a major injury during her pre-Beijing career, coming back from knee surgery is a challenge for Johnson as she attempts her 2012 comeback.

With professional partner Mark Ballas, Johnson won the eighth season of the television show "Dancing with the Stars." Her post-Olympic celebrity also landed her on several red carpets, magazines, and endorsement deals. Johnson also signed with Nike.

Johnson — finally — won an Olympic gold medal in Beijing when she won the balance beam title over Nastia Liukin, in part due to her high difficulty score.

Johnson captured the silver medal in the all-around right behind Nastia Liukin. She entered the competition as a heavy favorite to bring home the gold but had to settle for second behind her teammate and friend, Liukin, who simply outperformed her that day. Johnson also won a silver medal with the U.S. team and an individual silver on floor exercise.

Johnson entered the American Cup in March 2008 with an undefeated season behind her. She debuted — and fell — on a new vault and finished second to U.S. teammate Nastia Liukin. But at Nationals, Johnson hit the vault on both days of competition and topped Liukin in the all-around standings by a point, winning her second U.S. title. She continued her streak by hitting the vault both days at Olympic Trials on her way to finishing first and securing a spot on the 2008 Olympic Team.

In 2007, Johnson went undefeated in the all-around at the senior level. In her first senior season, Johnson won the American Cup all-around title and then added three gold medals, including the all-around, at the Pan American Games before taking the U.S. national title in August. She dominated the all-around at the 2007 Worlds, winning by more than a point. Johnson also won a gold medal with the U.S. team and an individual floor exercise title.

In a nod to her coaches — and the Games — Johnson competed at the 2006 U.S. Nationals with her name in Chinese on her leotard. Johnson came up with the idea and researched the characters on the internet. In 2007, she went one better, adding Li, her beam coach, to the sleeve and Chow's Gymnastics, the name of her gym, to her warm-ups.

Johnson burst onto the scene in 2006, making her mark at the U.S. Nationals, where she won the junior title with a score that topped the entire women's field — seniors included.

Then an unknown coach, Liang made a gutsy move in 2005 when he submitted a videotape of Johnson's gymnastics to Martha Karolyi, the U.S. national team coordinator with a letter describing Johnson as "a gymnast who could help the U.S. team." Liang kept the letter a secret from Johnson, until one afternoon during the daily announcements when he told his entire team that Johnson had been invited to the Karolyi ranch, where the U.S. national team trains each month. "I was so proud of him," Johnson said. "[Going to the ranch] was something I really wanted, and he made it happen."

Johnson scored a zero on her APGAR test (measures newborns' physical condition after delivery); a score of seven or higher is considered "in good health." It didn't slow her for long. Johnson walked at nine months, skipping the crawling stage, and was climbing out of her crib before she was one year old. As a toddler, she would pile all of her toys on the floor as a makeshift ladder to reach the top of the family's entertainment center. From there, she'd jump onto the red leather couch.

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How tall is she? How old is she? Where does she live? Who is she dating? Find out here.

Age: 25 years old
Birthday: January 19, 1992
Height: 4' 9"
Weight: 110 lbs.
AKA: Shawn Machel Johnson
Nickname: Peanut
Full Name / Real Name: Shawn Machel Johnson
Birthplace: West Des Moines, IA
Current Residence: West Des Moines, IA

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