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32. Even the WSJ editorial loves her
The Wall Street Journal

Shawn Johnson, Gamer
August 20, 2008; Page A18

The 4-feet-9-inch, 16-year-old bundle of power named Shawn Johnson is due back in class next week at West Des Moines Valley High School. But before it's time to start junior year, she deserves a few moments to savor her Olympic gold medal in the gymnastics balance beam. Her Tuesday victory was her first of the Beijing Games, but for more than a week she has been an inspiring example of guts and grace.

As reigning world champion, Ms. Johnson was a gold-medal favorite going into the Games. But despite her own performance in the team competition, the U.S. lost the gold to China when her teammates struggled. Ms. Johnson's reaction was to remind her most distraught comrade that it was Ms. Johnson who had made costly mistakes in a tournament last year.

When American Nastia Liukin beat her in the all-around competition, she smiled and told NBC's Bob Costas how happy she was for Ms. Liukin, her Olympic village roommate. A near-miss in the floor exercise elicited more goodwill. "I would never trade one of my silvers for gold," she told ESPN. "What I went through to get them is very special to me and really touched my heart."

Of course she still wanted gold, and it was fitting that her last shot would come on the balance beam, an event so difficult and unforgiving that many people can't even stand to watch it, never mind try to pull off backward somersaults atop a four-inch sliver of wood. Ms. Johnson's score of 16.225 gave her the win and triggered a bouncing, tearful celebration. Few medal winners in Beijing were more deserving.

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  -Proud Iowan loving Shawn Johnson DU9598  Aug-19-08 10:40 PM   #0 
  - She is incredibly cute.  distantearlywarning   Aug-19-08 10:42 PM   #1 
  - YES! I was literally about to start a thread (being a fellow Iowan)  bullwinkle428   Aug-19-08 10:42 PM   #2 
  - The first time I had heard about her was after the Iowa floods ...  ColbertWatcher   Aug-19-08 10:43 PM   #3 
  - West Des Moines is fine  DU9598   Aug-19-08 10:46 PM   #5 
     - I was shocked that they didn't even mention it on NBC, but ...  ColbertWatcher   Aug-19-08 10:48 PM   #6 
  - I saw that!!!  Lex   Aug-19-08 10:45 PM   #4 
  - She was so natural in that interview with Costas  XOKCowboy   Aug-19-08 11:40 PM   #19 
  - Bravo Shawn Johnson!!  Hardrada   Aug-19-08 10:53 PM   #7 
  - she is one of my favorites this year  JI7   Aug-19-08 10:54 PM   #8 
  - Congrats Shawn  jazzy062   Aug-19-08 11:07 PM   #9 
  - Isn't she darling? I just love her and am also proud she is from Iowa.  Frustratedlady   Aug-19-08 11:13 PM   #10 
  - For once I'm grateful for the Mtn time delayed broadcast...  XOKCowboy   Aug-19-08 11:14 PM   #11 
  - I saw that too...  TwoSparkles   Aug-19-08 11:17 PM   #14 
  - That was my thought!!  XOKCowboy   Aug-19-08 11:20 PM   #15 
  - They are still doing gymnastics?? I thought it was all over  SoCalDem   Aug-19-08 11:45 PM   #22 
  - It was not live  question everything   Aug-19-08 11:50 PM   #24 
  - Next week she will be in some factory, working 10 hour days for the  Thothmes   Aug-20-08 07:28 AM   #26 
  - Another Iowan checking in...  TwoSparkles   Aug-19-08 11:15 PM   #12 
  - It would be nice to change the title and put spoiler in it  MiniMe   Aug-19-08 11:17 PM   #13 
  - Here's her website  XOKCowboy   Aug-19-08 11:26 PM   #16 
  - I left her a message of congrats on her blog.  alyce douglas   Aug-20-08 09:52 AM   #31 
  - From Plano, TX, I know the feeling.  RGBolen   Aug-19-08 11:27 PM   #17 
  - Dude that second picture says a lot..  XOKCowboy   Aug-19-08 11:37 PM   #18 
  - wow, what a performance....loved her earrings...and her heart  spanone   Aug-19-08 11:41 PM   #20 
  - Shawn was great throughout the Olympics  FKA MNChimpH8R   Aug-19-08 11:43 PM   #21 
  - Another Iowan here...  emmadoggy   Aug-19-08 11:49 PM   #23 
  - U.S Olympic Gymnast Gals Did Great...Congrats.  RNdaSilva   Aug-20-08 01:49 AM   #25 
  - Michael Phelps is already on the Corn Flakes cereal box!!  alyce douglas   Aug-20-08 09:45 AM   #30 
  - Congratulations to Shawn (and her coach Liang Chow)  entanglement   Aug-20-08 09:23 AM   #27 
  - As a former Iowan I was proud  Irishonly   Aug-20-08 09:29 AM   #28 
  - cute girl and she did very well  alyce douglas   Aug-20-08 09:41 AM   #29 
  - Even the WSJ editorial loves her  question everything   Aug-21-08 02:57 PM   #32 

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