Summer Olympics 2012: Shawn Johnson

The Olympic hopefuls setting the bar for the London games.

Surf and Sports // Kara Lang // 06/19/12
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Shawn Johnson. Photo courtesy of Inside Gymnastics.
Shawn Johnson. Photo courtesy of Inside Gymnastics.

If you're having that twice-in-a-decade feeling, it's probably because the summer Olympics are once again upon us. Here, the rising stars—and downright one-woman constellations—of Team USA.

Name: Shawn Johnson
Sport: Gymnastics
Age: 20
Hometown: Des Moines, IA

People are talking:
2009's "America's Most Liked Sport Figure" won one gold and two silver medals at the 2008 Games. Oh, and you might also recognize her from the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars, where she obviously dominated.

Celebrate good times:
When the Games are through, Johnson plans to take a "much needed and long vacation to some beach resort with my family!"

Update: Shawn just announced she'll be retiring! We hope to see lots more of her off the gymnastics mat. Good luck Shawn!

Keep an eye out for more of our favorite Olympic hopefuls all month, plus London-inspired DIYs, makeup tips and fashion editorials!

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Jun 19, 2012 at 10:12AM she143

are your kidding me? she retired 2 weeks ago... she was nowhere near making that team! there are so many other, better and more beautiful gymnasts than her! sorry guys, but that is really bad research!

Jun 19, 2012 at 09:18PM katiepersico

Sports Illustrated Article: "Johnson's comeback worthy of commemorating as she walks away"

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