Alexandra Raisman: I'm Trying to Be Myself on Dancing with the Stars
04/09/2013 AT 11:00 AM EDT
"It's hard when you're on national television to show your real self, but I'm trying to just be myself," a smiling Raisman told PEOPLE after wowing the crowd and the judges with a stellar contemporary routine with partner Mark Ballas on Monday's performance show.
"We have fun all day," Raisman said of dance rehearsals with Ballas, a two-time Dancing champ. "This past week was a really great week."
Not only did the duo earn the season's top score, they had a special cheering section, which included Raisman's fellow U.S. gymnastics team mates Gaby Douglas and Kyla Ross, who Tweeted about being in the ballroom.
"They're so excited [for me]," Raisman said. "It means a lot that they are here supporting me."