Shawn Johnson: No DWTS Moves at My Wedding! (Plus: Her Hopes to Return to Gymnastics)
Olympian and DWTS all-star Shawn Johnson says she and her fiancé will keep their first dance simple
Whether it’s in gymnastics competition or on Dancing with the Stars, Shawn Johnson is all about performing under pressure. But when she takes the dance floor on her wedding day, the gold medal winner tells PEOPLE she won’t be looking for a perfect score.
“We’re probably going to be very traditional and just do the two-step,” Johnson says of plans for her first dance when she marries football player Andrew East this spring.
“A lot of the Dancing people will be there so I’m kind of intimidated! I think if we tried to choreograph a dance, it would end terribly badly,” she says. “And it’s also hysterical ’cause I’m not even 5 feet tall and Andrew is six-foot-three, so it’s not the easiest situation!”
Besides, Johnson may want to save her practice time for another project she’s looking forward to – a return to gymnastics.
The 23-year-old, who took home one gold and three silver medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, retired in 2012 after struggling with knee problems – an injury that flared up when she competed on DWTS All-Stars later that year.
The gymnast had a full knee reconstruction in March and says that she’s been cleared by her doctor to begin working out again in hopes of joining USA Gymnastics’ Tour of Gymnastics Champions after this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.
“I last performed in 2012 – a long time ago,” Johnson says. “I’m feeling good, a little nervous. My surgeon is okay with it and I started working out again about a month ago.”
She’s eager to get back on the mat and the beam, but less enthusiastic about returning to one tool of the trade.
“I’m trying to get back into shape and they used the word leotard and I about had a heart attack,” she says with a laugh. “So I’m working on getting back into leotard shape!”