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March 11, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson will set sail on three " Dancing With the Stars: At Sea" cruises offered this year by Holland America Line . Passengers will see Johnson, who won four medals in Beijing in 2008 and was a "DWTS" champ in 2009, perform aboard ship and appear at photo and autograph sessions during two weeklong sailings to Alaska and one to Canada and New England . Mark Ballas, Johnson's winning partner on "DWTS," will...
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March 11, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson will set sail on three " Dancing With the Stars: At Sea" cruises offered this year by Holland America Line . Passengers will see Johnson, who won four medals in Beijing in 2008 and was a "DWTS" champ in 2009, perform aboard ship and appear at photo and autograph sessions during two weeklong sailings to Alaska and one to Canada and New England . Mark Ballas, Johnson's winning partner on "DWTS," will...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2010 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Gold-medal-winning gymnast Shawn Johnson testified Thursday that she was so afraid of a Florida man who was allegedly stalking her that she considered quitting the popular TV show "Dancing With the Stars." Robert M. O'Ryan is charged with felony stalking and commercial burglary. Authorities said he traveled across the country and scaled a fence at CBS Studios in 2009 when the Olympian gymnast was filming the dance competition. "He was a stranger to me. To see somebody had that much kind of obsession, it made me really scared," she said, speaking in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2012 | By Allyssa Lee
We're down to the wire, ballroom fans. In Monday's round of “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” two-night finale extravaganza, the three remaining all-stars danced two full routines. The first was a repeat dance, in which each couple got to “do-over” a routine they had previously performed. The second was that deliciously unpredictable finale treat: the freestyle. Not just any freestyle, but supersize: in addition to all ballroom rules going out the window, each couple could bring in props and extra cast members and whatever else they could imagine to beef up their routines and give them that sparkly winning edge.
SPORTS
August 14, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
BEIJING -- Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin have moved on to the next big thing already. They are the smiling co-favorites for the Olympic gymnastics all-around gold medal, a competition that happens Friday at the National Indoor Stadium. Johnson and Liukin politely insisted that winning a team silver medal Wednesday was fine, even if the U.S. had come into competition as favorites after defeating China at the 2007 world championships.
SPORTS
September 1, 2007 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
STUTTGART, Germany -- They make an unlikely combination, gymnastics coach Liang Chow and 15-year-old gymnast Shawn Johnson. Chow grew up near Beijing and was formed into a world class gymnast by a rigid system that left a young boy with no way to express his personality except in his tumbling, his twisting and turning, his somersaults and back flips. With his eyes closed and when he was flying through the air, Chow was free. When he landed, Chow belonged to the national coaches.
SPORTS
March 1, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Shawn Johnson got a red Range Rover from her agent, which comes in handy when a blizzard sweeps through her hometown as it did on a January day when Johnson and her parents, Doug and Teri, and her coach, Liang Chow, welcomed visitors to the home of America's next gymnastics star. The color Johnson is working for now isn't red, though. It's gold. Johnson, 16, will begin her 2008 competitive season today at the Tyson's American Cup at Madison Square Garden.
SPORTS
June 20, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA -- Shawn Johnson rumbles across the floor exercise mat like a sparkling bowling ball gaining speed and power until she reaches the corner and throws herself into a sonic boom of flips, twists and a forceful landing. She offers a smile and swings her shiny ponytail. Across the way, Nastia Liukin uncoils her legs and lifts herself onto the uneven bars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1994 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A newly arrived Michigan couple, whose 3-year-old son was fatally injured last week in a fire that started in a Christmas tree, said the tragedy has strengthened their ties to a community that poured forth aid and friendship. "Everyone's been so supportive and so helpful," said Clint Johnson, 30. "So many people we don't know. It's amazing."
SPORTS
June 8, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
BOSTON -- The chase is on. Shawn Johnson held on to her U.S. national championships all-around title Saturday by pounding out eight solid routines over two nights, but Nastia Liukin closed fast and with flash. And the two Americans did nothing to discourage the sense that they are co-favorites to win the Olympic all-around gold medal in August. Johnson, 16, of West Des Moines, Iowa, earned her win with resolute performances on every apparatus and cemented it with her athletic floor routine.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2012 | Scott Collins
Bristol Palin is back. So is Kirstie Alley. ABC on Friday announced the 12 cast members for this fall's"Dancing With the Stars. "  It's not a new lineup, however, but a return of celebrities from the previous cycles of the show. Palin and Alley - two of the most attention-grabbing contestants of recent years - are among those scooting back to the dance floor. Palin, an activist and the daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, bestowed high ratings on the show during her run two years ago. Alley is the former "Cheers" costar known for her battles with her weight.
SPORTS
June 18, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
When Gabrielle Douglas teetered, then wobbled, then fell off the balance beam at the USA gymnastics national championships in St. Louis this month, it would have been natural for any 16-year-old to fight back tears or make other big mistakes as she continued the competition. But here's what Douglas did: She almost won. Without the full one-point deduction for the fall, Douglas would have beaten defending world champion Jordyn Wieber and won her first national all-around title.
SPORTS
April 24, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Since she won four medals at the 2008 Olympics, including a gold in the balance beam, Shawn Johnson has retired from her sport, written a book, won the mirror ball trophy on "Dancing With the Stars," torn up her knee while skiing and had reconstructive surgery. Oh, yeah, and she's doing gymnastics again. Johnson, 20, who came to the Beijing Games as defending world all-around champion and Olympic favorite, accepted her silver all-around medal, one rung below American teammate Nastia Liukin, with both a smile and tears.
SPORTS
October 13, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
The winner cried, astounded that her two mistakes on uneven bars and floor exercise didn't relegate her to second place. The loser cried too, after she finished her final event, floor exercise, with a routine that was done with some bent knees and maybe a turn that wasn't quite completed. The U.S. captured the second major women's gold medal awarded at the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo on Thursday when 16-year-old Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich., won the all-around gold medal by edging out 16-year-old Victoria Komova of Russia, who won silver.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2010 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Gold-medal-winning gymnast Shawn Johnson testified Thursday that she was so afraid of a Florida man who was allegedly stalking her that she considered quitting the popular TV show "Dancing With the Stars." Robert M. O'Ryan is charged with felony stalking and commercial burglary. Authorities said he traveled across the country and scaled a fence at CBS Studios in 2009 when the Olympian gymnast was filming the dance competition. "He was a stranger to me. To see somebody had that much kind of obsession, it made me really scared," she said, speaking in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.
SPORTS
March 9, 2009 | Diane Pucin
Shawn Johnson can't stop smiling. She looks into the eyes of her dancing partner, Mark Ballas, the two nod at each other and then the music starts. We can't tell you the music. It's a secret until Johnson and Ballas compete at 8 tonight on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2012 | Scott Collins
Bristol Palin is back. So is Kirstie Alley. ABC on Friday announced the 12 cast members for this fall's"Dancing With the Stars. "  It's not a new lineup, however, but a return of celebrities from the previous cycles of the show. Palin and Alley - two of the most attention-grabbing contestants of recent years - are among those scooting back to the dance floor. Palin, an activist and the daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, bestowed high ratings on the show during her run two years ago. Alley is the former "Cheers" costar known for her battles with her weight.
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