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By Keith A. Fournier

8/20/2008 (5 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

She has now claimed three medals for the United States in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the most recent of which came in the individual floor finals.

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By Keith A. Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/20/2008 (5 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific


BEIJING (Catholic Online) – Shawn Johnson has delighted the world with a smile that captures hearts and gymnastics skills unlike many in the entire world.

She has now claimed three medals for the United States in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the most recent of which came in the individual floor finals. With her all around and team medals she is now a part of Olympics and gymnastic history.

After coming in first place in the Olympics trials in June, Shawn has captured the attention of the world with her athletic prowess.

Shawn is not like many of her peers in this competition.
She does not have a private tutor for school. She does not train 40 hours a week. Instead, she goes to public High School and trains for 20-25 hours.Shawn lives with her parents at home in West Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

She has become a favorite in the eyes of America, appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Today Show. She was also named ABC's Person of the Week. She was even nominated for the 2008 Teen Choice Awards.

Yet, Shawn Johnson stays focused on family and diligently committed to her beloved gymnastics.

SHAWN JOHNSON CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

- 2008 Olympic Team Member
- 2008 Olympic Trials, Philadelphia, 1st place
- 2008 Italy-Spain-Poland-USA, Jesolo, Italy, 1st- All Around, 1st- Team
- 2008 American Cup, NYC, 2nd- All Around, 1st- FX, BB, VT, 2nd- UB
- 2007 World Championships, Stuttgart, GER, 1st- All Around, 1st - FX, 1st - Team
- 2007 Visa National Championships, San Jose, CA. 1st All Around, 1st BB, 1st FX, 3rd UB
- 2007 Pan American Championships, 1st - All Around, 1st - BB, 1st - UB, 2nd FX, and 1st - Team
- 2007 Tyson American Cup, 1st All Around, Jacksonville, FL
- 2007 United States vs. Great Britain International Competition, 1st All Around, 1st BB, 1st Team, 2nd Vault, Lisburn, IRE
- 2006 VISA Championships (Junior Division), 1st All Around, 1st Vault, 1st -BB, 1st FX, 2nd UB, St. Paul, MN

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