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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."

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

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2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics Day 4

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2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics Day 4

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2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics Day 4

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2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics Day 4

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lulututu4 lulututu4 8 years
ballet is better
lulututu4 lulututu4 8 years
ballet is better
hayworthgilda hayworthgilda 8 years
that should be: "how light her training schedule IS." argh.
hayworthgilda hayworthgilda 8 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.
hayworthgilda hayworthgilda 8 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 8 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 8 years
she is amazing I cant waitoh and to the above comment most are over the hill by college and she actually practices less than the others i think.
o0Riptide0o o0Riptide0o 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 years
I like Lukin better.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I like Lukin better.
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 8 years
What about the rest of the team?
hottpink hottpink 8 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 8 years
seriously! it's admirable that a someone could attend high school and train on this level.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
wow, that is some pretty heavy training...
cmill38 cmill38 8 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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