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Shawn Johnson

Birthdate: 1/19/1992
Program: Women's Artistic
Level: Senior
Current Residence: West Des Moines, IA
Club: Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute
Head Coach: Liang Chow
Other Coaches: Liwen Zhuang


Career Highlights

  • 2011 Pan American Games team gold medalist and uneven bars silver medalist
  • Won four medals at the 2008 Olympics: Gold (balance beam) and silver (team, all-around and floor exercise).
  • Won three gold medals at the 2007 World Championships - team, all-around and floor exercise.
  • One of six U.S. women to win the world all-around crown, along with Kim Zmeskal (1991), Shannon Miller (1993-94), Chellsie Memmel (2005), Bridget Sloan (2009) and Jordyn Wieber (2011).
  • 2008 U.S. all-around and floor exercise champion and balance beam silver medalist.
  • 2007 U.S. all-around, balance beam and floor exercise champion and uneven bars bronze medalist.
  • 2007 American Cup all-around champion.
  • Voted Iowa's most famous living sports figure by the "Des Moines Register" in 2010.
  • Won the 79th AAU James E. Sullivan Award in 2009.
  • Carried the torch during the torch run for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
  • 2009 "Dancing with the Stars" champion and 2012 runner-up.
  • 2009 ESPY for Best U.S. Female Olympian.
  • 2008-09, 2011 Teen Choice's Female Athlete.


Personal Information

Nickname: SJ
Hometown: West Des Moines, IA
Personal Website: www.shawnjohnson.net/
Twitter: @ShawnJohnson
Year you began gymnastics: 1995
Favorite Event: Balance Beam
How did you get involved in gymnastics: My mom says, "The wild child just needed something to do!"
Favorite thing about gymnastics: How it shapes you as a person and pushes you to your limit. It has taught me so much and opened up so many opportunities and career paths for me.
Names of parents/guardians/spouse: Doug and Teri Johnson
Names of sibling(s): Tori Bronson is my cousin but my sister at heart and is the best supporter ever!

Interests Outside the Gym

Favorite school subject: English
Hobbies or favorite activities: College football, shopping, hanging with friends and family
Favorite music: Country Music
Favorite book(s): You Go Girl
Favorite TV show(s): Amazing Race, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars
Favorite Food: Sushi and strawberries
Charity Involvement: Cancer research, March of Dimes, Make a Wish, Girl Effect and board member of Women's Sports Foundation.

National Competition Results

2011 Visa Championships, Saint Paul, Minn. - 4th-BB; 6th-UB
2011 CoverGirl Classic, Chicago, Ill. -
2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics, Philadelphia, Pa. - 1st-AA, BB, FX; 2nd-VT; 4th-UB
2008 Visa Championships, Boston, Mass. - 1st-AA, FX; 2nd-BB; 5th-UB
2007 Visa Championships, San Jose, Calif. - 1st-AA, BB, FX; 3rd-UB
2006 Visa Championships, St. Paul, Minn. - 1st-AA, VT, BB, FX; 2nd-UB (Jr. Div.)
2006 U.S. Classic, Kansas City, Kan. - 1st-AA; 2nd-VT, FX; 3rd-BB(T) (Jr. Div.)
2005 Visa Championships, Indianapolis, Ind. - 10th-AA; 4th-VT; 9th-UB (Jr. Div.)
2005 U.S. Classic, Virginia Beach, Va. - 3rd-AA, BB
2004 Women's Junior Olympic Level 10 National Championships, Kissimmee, Fla. - 1st-BB; 2nd-FX; 4th-AA; 4th-VT

International Competition Results

2011 Pan American Games, Guadalajara, Mexico - 1st-Team; 2nd-UB
2008 Olympic Games, Beijing, China - 1st-BB; 2nd-Team, AA, FX
2008 Italy-Spain-Poland-USA competition, Jesolo, Italy - 1st-Team, AA
2008 Tyson American Cup, New York, N.Y. - 2nd-AA
2007 World Championships, Stuttgart, Germany - 1st-Team, AA, FX; 8th-BB
2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 1st-Team, AA, UB, BB; 2nd-FX
2007 USA vs Great Britain International Competition, Lisburn, Ireland - 1st-Team, AA, BB; 2nd-VT
2007 Tyson American Cup, Jacksonville, Fla. - 1st-AA
2006 Junior Pan American Championships, Gatineau, Que., Canada - 1st-Team, BB, AA; 2nd-UB, FX (Jr. Div.)
2006 Pacific Alliance Championships, Honolulu, Hawaii - 1st-Team, AA, VT, FX; 2nd-BB (Jr. Div.)
2006 International Gymnix, Montreal, Que., Canada - 1st-FX; 2nd-VT, 3rd-AA; 5th-UB
2006 USA/Japan/New Zealand Competition, Houston, Texas - 1st-AA, VT, BB; 2nd-FX; 3rd-UB
2005 Top Gym Competition, Charleroi, Belgium - 1st-AA, VT, FX

Videos of Shawn Johnson

2013 Interview at P&G Championships Day 1
2012 Interview at 2012 Visa Championships Day 2
2011 Interview after Visa Championships Day 2
2011 Visa Championships Day 2 Balance Beam
2011 Visa Championships Day 2 Uneven Bars
2011 Visa Championships Day 2 Vault
2011 Vignette at Visa Championships
2011 Visa Championships Day 1 Uneven Bars
2011 Visa Championships Day 1 Vault
2011 Visa Championships Day 1 Balance Beam
2011 Interview after CoverGirl Classic
2011 CoverGirl Classic Uneven Bars
2011 CoverGirl Classic Balance Beam
2009 Interview at Visa Championships
2008 Johnson and Liukin named to Olympic Team
2008 Interview after Olympic Trials
2008 Olympic Trials Day 2 Uneven Bars
2008 Olympic Trials Day 2 Vault
2008 Olympic Trials Day 2 Balance Beam
2008 Olympic Trials Day 2 Floor Exercise
2008 Olympic Trials Day 1 Vault
2008 Olympic Trials Day 1 Floor Exercise
2008 Olympic Trials Day 1 Balance Beam
2008 Olympic Trials Day 1 Uneven Bars
2008 Interview after Visa Championships
2008 Visa Championships Day 2 Floor Exercise
2008 Vignette during Visa Championships
2008 Visa Championships Day 2 Vault
2008 Visa Championships Day 2 Uneven Bars
2008 Visa Championships Day 2 Balance Beam
2008 Visa Championships Day 1 Balance Beam
2008 Visa Championships Day 1 Vault
2008 Visa Championships Day 1 Floor Exercise
2008 Visa Championships Day 1 Uneven Bars
2008 Tyson American Cup Balance Beam
2008 Tyson American Cup Vault
2008 Tyson American Cup Uneven Bars
2008 Tyson American Cup Floor Exercise
2007 Interview after Visa Championships Day 2
2007 Visa Championships Day 2 Vault
2007 Visa Championships Day 2 Uneven Bars
2007 Visa Championships Day 2 Floor Exercise
2007 Visa Championships Day 2 Balance Beam
2007 Interview after Visa Championships Day 1
2007 Visa Championships Day 1 Uneven Bars
2007 Visa Championships Day 1 Balance Beam
2007 Visa Championships Day 1 Floor Exercise
2007 Visa Championships Day 1 Vault
2007 Interview after Tyson American Cup
2007 Tyson American Cup floor exercise
2007 Tyson American Cup balance beam
2007 Tyson American Cup vignette
2007 Tyson American Cup uneven bars
2007 Tyson American Cup vault
2007 Tyson American Cup Uneven Bars
2007 Tyson American Cup Floor Exercise

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