ESPN announced Johnson's nomination for the 2009 "Best Female U. In addition to the trophy, designed by the Swiss artist Piero Travaglini, recipients also receive a wristwatch from the Longines Evidenza collection and a check for ,000.partnered with season six winner, professional dancer Mark Ballas.Nastia Liukin won gold with an uneven bars score nearly a point higher than Johnson. Because of their top placements, Johnson and Liukin were named to the 2008 U. Olympic gymnastics team immediately after the Trials.
Shawn Machel Johnson (born January 19, 1992) is an American retired artistic gymnast. She had one of the best rookie seasons ever recorded in the history of gymnastics, winning the all-around at the American Cup, Pan American Games, U. National Championships, and World Championships all in her first year as a senior gymnast. In May 2009, Johnson was the winner of Dancing with the Stars – season eight, and in November 2012 she earned second place on the all-star edition.She is the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist and team, all-around and floor exercise silver medalist. She is the 2007 individual all-around World Champion, 2007 World Champion on floor exercise, and a member of the 2007 gold medal winning U. Johnson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Doug and Teri Johnson.In June 2016, Johnson released a young adult novel, The Flip Side, about a young gymnast trying to balance her dream of obtaining an Olympic gold medal with her burning desire to be a "normal" teenager.Midwest grocery chain Hy-Vee, headquartered in Johnson's hometown of West Des Moines, ran a television ad before and during the Olympics featuring Johnson.In the finale, tightest in the show's history, Johnson beat Gilles Marini by less than 1%.
She was the youngest champion in show's history until Laurie Hernandez won in season 23 (and was the youngest contestant until Zendaya in season 16).As of 2010, she finished high school with a private tutor. In 2006, Johnson added several new tricks, including a Jaeger on bars, and two top-difficulty (G) skills, a full-in back-out dismount off beam and a double-twisting double back on floor. Johnson became a senior in 2007 and continued to show new skills, including a double-twisting double layout dismount off the uneven bars.As a youngster, Johnson was not scouted by USA Gymnastics, and her coach, Liang Chow, had no interactions with the national staff. She competed at the 2007 Tyson American Cup, winning the all-around over teammate Natasha Kelley. National Championships, beating Shayla Worley by more than three points. at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships along with Nastia Liukin, Shayla Worley, Alicia Sacramone, Ivana Hong, and Samantha Peszek. finished first in prelims and Johnson qualified to the all-around, beam, and floor finals. Johnson scored 15.375 on bars and floor, and 15.150 on vault. During event finals, Johnson first competed on the balance beam, where she fell on her standing full and on her switch side leap, scoring a 14.475 and finishing last.In January 2010, Johnson tore her left ACL while skiing.She had reconstructive knee surgery the following month. In November 2010, Johnson entered her first post-Olympics National Team Training Camp.(May 20, 2009), and Entertainment Tonight (23 episodes).