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Steeler Hines Ward wins "Dancing with the Stars"

May 25, 2011 Kirstie Alley, Donny Osmond, Kym Johnson, Hines Ward, Kane

Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - In a finale featuring finalists Kirstie Alley, Chelsea Kane, and Hines Ward, the Pittsburgh Steeler took the "Dancing with the Stars" mirrorball trophy for the hit show's twelfth season.

Paired up with Kym Johnson, Ward scored perfect tens for his final performances, a freestyle to two Jackson 5 classics, and a samba to Earth, Wind and Fire. It was enough to earn him the highest amount of votes.

It wasn't all splashy costumes and fancy footwork. A dance rehearsal injury just the week prior put Johnson on a stretcher after she was dropped on her neck.

But it wasn't enough to keep the duo down. Upon the announcement, Ward called Johnson "an amazing teacher" and thanked the judges for their constructive criticism.

"I also want to thank all the fans," he added.

Fan favorite Kirstie Alley came in second, while Disney star Chelsea Kane came in third place.

This is Kym Johnson's second time winning the mirrorball trophy. She also went all the way to the top with Donny Osmond in 2009.

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