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Favorite Olympian: Shawn Johnson

Michael Phelps is truly a superlative athlete. He broke all kinds of records in Beijing and was voted Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. While you all voted him the fan-favorite Olympian, I think he has won awards aplenty. That is why when it comes to Olympians, 16-year-old Shawn Johnson with her tireless smile is the winner of the FitSugar Favorite Olympian.

Shawn won the gold medal for balance beam, the sliver medal in the all-around competition, silver in floor exercise, and helped the US win the team silver. Unlike many elite gymnasts, Shawn only trained about 20 to 25 hours a week instead of 40, so she could attend her public high school where she is on the honor roll. Even though she is not yet old enough to vote, this civic-minded Olympian made an appearance at the Democratic National Convention. Her athletic style kept us entertained throughout the Olympics, and this girl looks so healthy.

She might not be the new face of Subway or have a video game in the works, but Shawn is my favorite Olympian of 2008. I am anxious to see if she will compete in 2012 — do you think she will?


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Lilavati Lilavati 8 years
Wow, she practiced twice less than the others? I admire these girls so much, it must have been so hard with all the allegations that China cheated...
Lilavati Lilavati 8 years
Wow, she practiced twice less than the others? I admire these girls so much, it must have been so hard with all the allegations that China cheated...
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
I love her! She was darling at the Olympics and she deserved all her medals!
joannn joannn 8 years
She is like a robot when she executes her moves, so mechanical. I'd rather watch the fluidity of Nastia Liukin. Although my current favorite gymnast is China's Cheng Fei
ZoeLove ZoeLove 8 years
Loved Shawn during the Olympics!! I definitely hope she goes to the next summer games...rooting for her to win the all-around!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I hope she does go to the 2012 games. And that she wins the all-around gold!
FoxyJo FoxyJo 8 years
She's a doll!! I loved watching her...I'm glad she represented the US!
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
Just a cute girl! How could you not love her?
sarahm11 sarahm11 8 years
shawn is so sweet, adorable, and super nice. not just for winning, she was enjoying her sport and having fun! definitely my favorite olympian. hope see her in 2012 :)
krae85 krae85 8 years
she was so cute! I've already started badgering my husband to take me to london for the 2012 olympics!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
She's darling. She's still young so I could see her at the 2012 games. Barring any injury, that is.
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