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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 -- You Can Bank on It

Shawn Johnson -- You Can Bank on It

As we first reported, Shawn Johnson could score up to $365,000 for appearing on "DWTS" -- so of course we asked her how she's gonna spend all that money. See Also Shawn Johnson $cores Big With… READ MORE >

Shawn Johnson $cores Big with 'DWTS' Contract

Shawn Johnson
$cores Big with 'DWTS' Contract

Shawn Johnson is raking in the cash on "Dancing with the Stars" -- although she may not think it's worth the hassle of dealing with alleged stalker Robert O'Ryan ... and we have her contract to… READ MORE >

- 2101 days ago
Shawn Johnson Doesn't Miss a Step

Shawn Johnson Doesn't Miss a Step

Hours after her alleged stalker pled not guilty, Shawn Johnson was in the studio rehearsing for "Dancing with the Stars."Shawn was all smiles -- maybe because her new bodyguard, the big bald… READ MORE >

- 2101 days ago
'Dancing' Star: Alleged Stalker's a 'Kook!'

'Dancing' Star: Alleged Stalker's a 'Kook!'

"DWTS" contestant Ty Murray is speaking out about Shawn Johnson's alleged stalker, by saying it's "unfortunate there are kooks in the world." Wonder what he thinks about Shawn's massive "Dancing"… READ MORE >

- 2101 days ago
Shawn Johnson's Alleged Stalker

Shawn Johnson's Alleged Stalker

TMZ has obtained photos of Robert O'Ryan -- the man accused of stalking Shawn Johnson. You will see him in court shortly, and he now looks more like Charles Manson than the clean cut dude you're… READ MORE >

- 2102 days ago
Johnson's Alleged Stalker Pleads Not Guilty

Johnson's Alleged Stalker Pleads Not Guilty

The man accused of stalking Shawn Johnson has just pled not guilty to all three charges -- one felony count of stalking and two misdemeanor counts of carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle.… READ MORE >

- 2102 days ago
Shawn Johnson's Alleged Stalker Charged

Shawn Johnson's Alleged Stalker Charged

Shawn Johnson's alleged stalker, Robert O'Ryan, has just been charged with one felony count of stalking and two misdemeanor counts of carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle.TMZ broke the story… READ MORE >

- 2102 days ago
Shawn Johnson Under Tight Surveillance

Shawn Johnson Under Tight Surveillance

UPDATE: Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the LAPD will present the case against Robert O'Ryan to the L.A. County D.A., probably sometime this morning. It's likely that stalking and other charges… READ MORE >

- 2102 days ago
Gun-Toting Shawn Johnson Fan Arrested

Gun-Toting Shawn Johnson Fan
Arrested

A man claiming he was "meant to be" with Shawn Johnson was arrested early Tuesday morning after trying to sneak on to the set of "Dancing With the Stars" -- and cops say he had two loaded guns and… READ MORE >

- 2102 days ago
Paula on Stalker -- My Chihuahua Helped Me Cope

Paula on Stalker -- My Chihuahua Helped Me Cope

Paula Abdul knows a little something about stalkers -- and last night outside Koi, she had some advice for Shawn Johnson: Surround yourself with family, friends, security ... or even chihuahuas.… READ MORE >

- 2102 days ago

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