updated 09/24/2012 AT 9:10 PM ET
•originally published 09/24/2012 AT 10:30 PM ET
When Shawn Johnson announced her retirement from gymnastics over the summer, it was bittersweet for the gold medalist – and all of her fans who were hoping to cheer her on at the 2012 Olympic Games.
But the 20-year-old reclaimed some of that glory Monday night as she returned to the ballroom for the all-stars season of Dancing with the Stars.
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba easily summarized the former champ’s 22-point foxtrot to Owl City’s “Good Time” with pro Derek Hough: “This is what all-star season is all about!”
The premise may be switched, the rules tweaked (introducing half points!), but the level of competition is just as fierce for the other 12 returning dancers hoping for a shot at redemption – or feeling the pressure to upstage their Dancing track records.
Taking on Johnson: actress Kirstie Alley, bombshell Pamela Anderson, Cheetah Girl Sabrina Bryan, Indy 500 champ Hélio Castroneves, ‘N Sync’s Joey Fatone, 98 Degrees’ Drew Lachey, actor Gilles Marini, soap star Kelly Monaco, Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno, reality star Melissa Rycroft and retired NFL running back Emmitt Smith.