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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,


  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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lulututu4 lulututu4 9 years
ballet is better
hayworthgilda hayworthgilda 9 years
that should be: "how light her training schedule IS." argh.
hayworthgilda hayworthgilda 9 years
yeah, I think she's actually somewhat unusual in terms of how light her training schedule. I believe 6-8 hrs/day was more the norm. Four hours is a good amount of training, but also not that much more time than a lot of h.s. kids spend in their extracurriculars. I really applaud her for being able to balance her schedule in a healthy way.
KWM KWM 9 years
I am so excited for the gymnastics! I was absolutely convinced that I was the next Mary Lou Retton way back in 1984. I even had the stars and stripes leotard. It was hot.
o0Riptide0o o0Riptide0o 9 years
she is amazing I cant wait oh and to the above comment most are over the hill by college and she actually practices less than the others i think.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Speaking as someone who planned a vacation around making sure I could see the women's gymnastics all-around finals (seriously), I think she's adorable!
Silverlining10 Silverlining10 9 years
DAAAAANG. She works out A LOT. I don't know about high school, but I have no idea how she's going to manage that in college. That's so intense! Also, I just want to say that I got a bit excited reading about her height because she's shorter than me! I guess all gymnasts have to be short, though...But I don't know any, so I'm always the butt of jokes. :D
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
I like Lukin better.
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 9 years
What about the rest of the team?
hottpink hottpink 9 years
I was a gymnast for 13 years and quit becuase the training was getting way too intense. I was spending all my time at the gym!
cmill38 cmill38 9 years
seriously! it's admirable that a someone could attend high school and train on this level.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
wow, that is some pretty heavy training...
cmill38 cmill38 9 years
She's way cute(and talented!) and I like that she doesn't look like a child. She looks like a 16 year old young lady despite her small size.
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