Samantha Peszek
© John Cheng

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., March 3, 2008 – 2007 all-around world champion Shawn Johnson of West Des Moines, Iowa, and two of her teammates from the team that won the 2007 world team title: Samantha Peszek of Indianapolis, Ind., and Bridget Sloan of Pittsboro, Ind., are among the gymnasts who will compete in the USA-Canada-Italy-Netherlands Friendly Competition on March 8 in Jesolo, Italy. 2006 all-around world silver-medalist Jana Bieger of Coconut Creek, Fla., is also on the team. The United States is sending a team of both junior and senior gymnasts.

Jana Bieger, Coconut Creek, Fla./Bieger International Gymnastics
Olivia Courtney, Orlando/Orlando Metro
Chelsea Davis, Lakeway, Texas/Texas Dreams
Shawn Johnson, West Des Moines, Iowa/Chow’s Gymnastics
Samantha Peszek, Indianapolis, Ind./DeVeau’s Gymnastics
Bridget Sloan, Pittsboro, Ind./Sharp’s Gymnastics Academy

Rebecca Clark, Blue Springs, Mo./GAGE
Rebecca Bross, Plano, Texas/WOGA
Samantha Shapiro, Los Angeles, All-Olympian Gymnastics Center
Morgan Smith, Clermont, Fla./Brandy Johnson’s Global Gymnastics
Jordyn Wieber, Dewitt, Mich., Twiststars USA