Shawn Johnson On Painful Shyness and Skimpy Outfits

by | June 9, 2009 at 12:26 PM | Interviews

Shawn Johnson may have won ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ but that doesn’t mean she didn’t face her share of physical – and mental – obstacles.

On Sunday’s Young Hollywood Awards in Santa Monica, Shawn told us that she was almost too nervous to perform. “I am not the kind of a person who dances at a party,” she said. “I’m shy. Take me out of gymnastics and I was in a world that was unknown to me. I was so nervous.”

And her skimpy outfits didn’t help calm her nerves either. “With all the costumes, they are so revealing,” she said. “You are praying nothing happens. Wardrobe really made sure nothing would happen. They tape it, sew it, glue it; they make sure it doesn’t move.”

Watch Shawn on DWTS

The Olympic sweetheart was there to support her friend and DWTS co-star, Steve-O, whom she also asked to present her with her award. “He is just a teddy bear, a heart of gold. We became good friends on Dancing. You’d have no idea how nice he is from his shows.”