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Shawn Johnson

Shawn Machel Johnson (born January 19, 1992) is a retired American artistic gymnast. She was the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist and all-around and floor exercise silver medalist, the 2007 all-around World Champion, and the 2007 and 2008 U.S. all-around champion. In 2009, Johnson became the winner of the season eight edition of Dancing with the Stars. Johnson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, the only child of Doug and Teri Johnson. Her parents enrolled her in a gymnastics class at age three after they noticed her climbing cabinets and jumping off tables. At age six, Johnson was one of Liang Chow's first students when he opened a gymnastics school in West Des Moines. She is a devout Christian. Johnson attended a public school, Valley High School. She was on the honor roll, attended football games, and participated in extra-curriculars. Through 2008, Johnson maintained a more balanced lifestyle than typical of elite female gymnasts. She limited her gymnastics training to 25 hours per week, as opposed to the more typical 40 hours. Johnson left public school in the spring of 2009. She and her mother relocated to Los Angeles, California and she appeared on Dancing With the Stars.

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Jen's Alleged Stalker -- Shawn Johnson Connection

Jen's Alleged Stalker -- Shawn Johnson Connection

TMZ has learned there's an eerie similarity between Jennifer Aniston's alleged stalker and Shawn Johnson's convicted stalker -- both guys had run-ins with police during cross-country treks to… READ MORE >

Shawn Johnson Stalker -- Guilty, Insane

Shawn Johnson Stalker -- Guilty, Insane

Shawn Johnson's obsessed fan is now officially a felony stalker -- and the just has just found him mentally insane.Robert O'Ryan -- who went looking for Shawn last year with two guns in his car… READ MORE >

- 1652 days ago
Shawn Johnson Testifies About Stalker with Knife

Shawn Johnson Testifies About Stalker with Knife

Shawn Johnson spent 23 minutes this morning testifying against her alleged stalker -- losing her composure when prosecutors showed her the knife found in the car of Robert O'Ryan.Johnson said she… READ MORE >

- 1654 days ago
Shawn Johnson's Alleged Stalker: I'm Crazy!!!

Shawn Johnson's Alleged Stalker: I'm Crazy!!!

Shawn Johnson's alleged stalker Robert O'Ryan is insane ... this according to the guy himself.O'Ryan -- who's facing charges of felony stalking, felony commercial burglary and two misdemeanor… READ MORE >

- 1657 days ago
Shawn Johnson to Face Off with Alleged Stalker

Shawn Johnson to Face Off with Alleged Stalker

Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson will be forced to sit in the same room as her alleged stalker next week -- when she will personally testify against the guy in L.A. County Superior Court. TMZ… READ MORE >

- 1659 days ago
Shawn Johnson's Alleged Stalker to Stand Trial

Shawn Johnson's Alleged Stalker to Stand Trial

Shawn Johnson's alleged stalker will stand trial for four of the five charges that were filed against him -- felony stalking, felony commercial burglary and two misdemeanor counts of carrying a… READ MORE >

- 1894 days ago
'Dancing' with Recycled Dresses

'Dancing' with Recycled Dresses

New season, new contestants, same old outfit. Swimmer Natalie Coughlin was given the same frilly blue dress for her web promo that gymnast Shawn Johnson wore on the show last year -- giving the… READ MORE >

- 1914 days ago
Can You Spot the Young Adult in This Picture?

Can You Spot the Young Adult in This Picture?

Believe it or not, somewhere amongst all these little NYC kids is 17-year-old Olympian and "Dancing with the Stars" champ Shawn Johnson.How old were those Chinese gymnasts again?! More Shawn… READ MORE >

- 1926 days ago
Shawn Johnson -- I'm Rich, Beyotch!

Shawn Johnson
I'm Rich, Beyotch!

Shawn Johnson won "Dancing with the Stars" last night -- but in more important news, she just banked $365,000 doing it. Repeat: THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS.We got a hold of… READ MORE >

- 2040 days ago
Shawn's Alleged Stalker - Same Hair, New Date

Shawn's Alleged Stalker - Same Hair, New Date

A preliminary hearing has been set for the trial of Robert O'Ryan -- the man accused of stalking Shawn Johnson.O'Ryan and his impressive gathering of chin hair appeared in L.A. County Criminal… READ MORE >

- 2063 days ago

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