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Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson on Land Investment Expo Speaker Donald Trump's

January 2, 2015 - Peoples Company

Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson will appear Sunday on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” as the real estate magnate and 2015 Land Investment Expo keynote Donald Trump launches his seventh season of the ​merciless reality television show.

Johnson, 22, just wrapped up her second season on “Dancing with the Stars” and is now competing on â€‹”The Celebrity Apprentice” to raise money for the not-for-profit Character Counts in Iowa.

But she’s not the first Iowan to go toe-to-toe with Trump in front of a national audience.

​Johnson follows Tana Goertz, the radio host and motivational speaker who appeared as an “Apprentice” finalist in 2007. Both reality stars were quoted in aDes Moines Register article with talk of Trump’s potential presidential bid.

Goertz commented on the presidential nature of Trump’s straight-​forward ​attitude and decision-decision-making skills. “He’d be an amazing president because he is a leader,” she said. He’s very decisive, and he doesn’t put up with nonsense.”

Johnson, working to wrap her head around the â€‹concept ​of The Donald as president, said she “actually loved him,” found him to be a “very respectable guy,” and wished “all the power to him.”

“I mean, he puts on a crazy show, but he’s really nice,” Johnson told the Register. “I got to talk with him and his daughter (Ivanka Trump) off camera a lot. He was intimidating the first few times I saw him, but he’s a good guy.”

Catch Iowa-native Shawn Johnson at 8 p.m. CST on Sunday, along with celebrities Gilbert Gottfried, Geraldo Rivera and Kate Gosselin​, who are each taking a celebrity dive into the 2015 competition.

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