Apolo Anton Ohno couldn't have asked for a better 25th birthday. "It was perfect!" he told PEOPLE a few minutes after the judges' scores and viewers' votes earned him Dancing with the Stars
' fourth-season title on May 22. "This is definitely my best birthday ever!" After 10 weeks of athletic leaps and sizzling cha-chas, Ohno credited his bubbly partner, Julianne Hough, 18. "We just match perfectly," he says of Hough, who will partner with first-season contestant Joey McIntyre for Dancing
's summer tour, kicking off June 20 (other celebs performing are Joey Fatone, Drew Lachey and Joey Lawrence). "We have a lot of great chemistry when we dance." (Yes, both say they're just friends.) Soon it's back to the ice for speed skater Ohno, who's training for the 2010 Olympics. So how did winning Dancing
's disco-ball trophy compare to his two gold medals? "It's different but almost as amazing," he says. "I'm so happy right now."
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