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Five Things About Gymnast Shawn Johnson

In case you missed it, the Olympic games open this Friday, and I am awfully excited to watch. Gymnastics tops my list of events to see, and Shawn Johnson is the gymnast to watch. Not only did she just win a Teen Choice Award for Choice Female Athlete, she also won the women's all-around title in the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Pretty impressive resume for a 16-year-old.

Here are five things to know about Shawn:

  1. Her strength training routine doesn't involve weights; instead, she performs classic calisthenics like push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups.
  2. Shawn is four feet, nine inches tall and weighs 90 pounds ( a healthy BMI, by the way).
  3. She attends high school in Des Moines, Iowa.

For more info and some excellent action shots,

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  1. Images of Shawn currently appear on Coke and McDonald's products. A butter sculpture of Shawn will appear soon at the Iowa state fair — quite a compliment in the Midwest.
  2. She works out four hours a day during the week and six hours on Saturdays. Her workouts generally follow this schedule: Half an hour of conditioning, stretching, and endurance training, then 50 minutes on each of the four events. Her workouts end with focused "extra tricks."

Uneven Bars<br />
2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials<br />

Balance Beam<br />
2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics Day 4

Balance Beam<br />
2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics Day 4

Balance Beam<br />
2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics Day 4

Floor Exercise<br />
2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics Day 4

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