If there is any one person who has ridden the highs and lows of Dancing with the Stars, it’s professional dancer Kym Johnson. She is the one pro who has seen the greatest peaks and valleys, going from first to worst and back to first again in just four short seasons. In season nine, Johnson helped her partner Donny Osmond take home the mirrorball trophy. After taking a season off, she returned in season eleven, but was the first pro to be eliminated with her partner David Hasselhoff. Tonight, she rose once again to the top of the peak, winning season twelve with her partner, professional football player Hines Ward. No other pro dancer has seen greater highs and lows than Kym Johnson.
This season was Kym’s chance to make a comeback after being last season’s first pro to be eliminated. She thought she had a real fighting chance after learning that she was paired with football Hall of Famer Hines Ward. The dancing duo did very well throughout the season, topping the leaderboard on several different occasions. However, their quest for the mirrorball trophy almost came to a crashing end when Kym Johnson suffered a serious injury during the semi-final rehearsals. Her scary injury caused an emotional Hines to say, “Kym was worried about my practice time, but I was so worried about her. Praise God she’s still walking. She’s a warrior.”
In the end, Kym Johnson was very lucky and danced again, just three days after her potentially catastrophic injury. Although she said that she was hesitant to pull out any tricky moves in their final performance, Kym Johnson and Hines Ward dazzled the audience and judges with a no-holds-barred freestyle routine. They pulled out exciting lifts and presented an extraordinary routine. Hines and Kym ended up tying Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas during the finals. However, Chelsea landed in third place, but Kym and Hines ended their season in first place. Kym Johnson is back at the top of her roller coaster ride on Dancing with the Stars. Kudos to this season’s most courageous professional dancer and her partner, Hines Ward. Well done, indeed.
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