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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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Shawn Johnson Roasted by the Piano Man

Shawn Johnson
Roasted by the Piano Man

This dude in a Des Moines piano bar had Shawn Johnson as red as the #3 billiard ball on his shirt after he sang a hilarious song in honor of her and "Dancing with the Stars" partner Mark Ballas.… READ MORE >

Shawn Johnson Gets Permanent Stay Away

Shawn Johnson Gets Permanent Stay Away

Better safe than sorry: Shawn Johnson's alleged stalker is currently behind bars, but her family ain't takin' no chances -- they just got a permanent restraining order against the scary… READ MORE >

- 1983 days ago
'Bama Cop Let Johnson's Crazy Talking Fan Go

'Bama Cop Let Johnson's Crazy Talking Fan Go

UPDATE: TMZ has obtained even more of the crazy dashcam footage of Shawn Johnson's obsessed fan when he was stopped in 'Bama -- five days before he was arrested near the "Dancing" set with guns… READ MORE >

- 1995 days ago
"Dancing" Star -- Giraffes Kill the Mood

"Dancing" Star -- Giraffes Kill the Mood

Mark Ballas, take note -- "Dancing with the Stars" hottie Gilles Marini has a surefire way to keep the inappropriately timed tent pitching to a minimum: Think about Geoffrey the Giraffe!According… READ MORE >

- 1996 days ago
Ballas -- I'm So Excited, I Just Can't Hide It

Ballas
I'm So Excited, I Just Can't Hide It

Mark Ballas says "Of course" he gets excited working with 17-year-old Shawn Johnson on "Dancing with the Stars" ... though we already knew that, he just didn't quite catch our drift. See Also Pole… READ MORE >

- 1996 days ago
Pole Dancing with the Stars

Pole Dancing with the Stars

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- 1997 days ago
"Reno 911" Star -- Stalk Me, Please!

"Reno 911" Star -- Stalk Me, Please!

Cedric Yarbrough thinks Shawn Johnson should "thank her lucky 'Dancing with the Stars' stars" she's got a stalker -- even if he does look like Manson and has an affinity for guns and duct tape.The… READ MORE >

- 1998 days ago
Shawn Johnson's Biggest Cross-Dressing Fan

Shawn Johnson's Biggest Cross-Dressing Fan

Looking like an overweight version of Nick Nolte trying out for a "Flashdance" remake -- this completely normal guy was hanging out (all over the place) at the dance studio where Shawn Johnson… READ MORE >

- 1998 days ago
Karina: Shawn Johnson Makes How Much?

Karina:
Shawn Johnson Makes How Much?

Karina Smirnoff from "Dancing With The Stars" was headed to practice when we asked her if she knew how much bank Shawn Johnson was getting paid for doing the show.Unfortunately for Karina, we had… READ MORE >

- 1999 days ago
Stars "Dancing" In the Dark in Alleged Stalker Case

Stars "Dancing" In the Dark in Alleged Stalker Case

So the plot thickens at "Dancing With The Stars.""Bachelor" reject Melissa Rycroft told us the show never notified the other contestants that an alleged stalker had gotten on the lot and near the… READ MORE >

- 2000 days ago

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