Shawn Johnson calls USA Women’s Gymnastics Gold “Surreal”

Shawn Johnson has several Olympic Medals but called yesterdays performance by Team USA, a fairy tale.

Johnson, who was forced to retire from the sport she loves in June, covered Team USA as a special correspondent for The Today Show. “The moment they walked into the arena I thought, ‘I’d love to be down there.’ There’s no better feeling than being part of a team,” Johnson wrote for NBC. “But I couldn’t have been happier to watch them and support them and see their joy.”

Like the rest of the nation, who already knew the outcome, we all watched with pride as the Fab Five held hands and waited, Johnson said, “and all five of them lined up holding hands, waiting for the score. It gave me chills. I was holding my breath. Then, the scores came up. There was crying, flags waving, and people on their feet, chanting “USA.” It was a fairy tale.”

You can catch Shawn starting on the next chapter of her life, reappearing on Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars beginning this September.