The Pendleton Panther

Shawn Johnson

Posted on: August 27, 2009

Shawn JohnsonShawn Johnson was born on January 19th, 1992 in Des Moines, Iowa.  She began doing gymnastics when she was only six years old and shortly after, began attending a gymnastics school in West Des Moines.  Currently she attends Valley High School and trains 20-25 hours a week.  Johnson moved to Los Angeles, California for the spring semester of 2008-2009 with her mom to participate in “Dancing With The Stars”.  During that period she did her schooling with a private tutor.  In 2007 Governor Chet Culver from Iowa made October 17th to be “Shawn Johnson Day” in the state.  In the 2008 summer Olympics, Shawn competed in all four team events in which the United States brought home the silver.  Individually Johnson won silver in the individual all-around, silver in the floor exercise, and gold on the balance beam apparatus.  Shawn Johnson has been a great athlete to have on the United States Olympic team and has helped out the team greatly.  She is a world class athlete and will be respected for her accomplishments for years to come.


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