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June 23, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA -- Shawn Johnson pounded out a dramatically confident floor exercise routine. It is the hardest-ranked floor set in the world, and when Johnson landed her final tumbling pass with a secure thud, U.S. national team coordinator Martha Karolyi applauded. "The way Shawn finished, that was wonderful," Karolyi said. "When you see a girl do something so hard so well, that is uplifting." Johnson, 16, of West Des Moines, Iowa, won the U.S.
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.
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.
November 20, 2012 | By Allyssa Lee
Welcome to the “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” semi-finals, ballroom fans! This was the last chance for stars and their pros to dance to the finals before the double elimination on Tuesday night, so we got outlandish costumes. Saw what happened when you crossed espionage and the Lindy hop. And we got an actual romantic kiss at the end of a routine! The five remaining couples danced two full dances during this performance show. The first was a combination of a new dance and off-beat theme that seemed like it was taken straight out of an acid trip, but turned out to be a refreshing and fun way to show off how creative these pros can be with challenging choreography.
August 17, 2007 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
SAN JOSE -- Shawn Johnson is a gymnast of popping power but with enough grace to make a stutter step on the floor exercise seem balletic. Johnson, only 15 and in her first year as a senior competitor at U.S. gymnastics nationals, was the emphatic leader after Thursday's first night of women's competition at the Visa Championships at HP Pavilion.
August 20, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
BEIJING -- Shawn Johnson had dark circles under her brown eyes and a headache, but when she jumped onto the balance beam Tuesday night she switched on her smile and defiantly pounded out a gold- medal routine. It wasn't the gold Johnson wanted. She had come here as the favorite to win the all-around title, had hoped to lead the U.S. team to a gold medal, had hoped to defend her world championship on floor exercise and add to that a balance beam gold medal. But through a succession of silvers -- team, all-around, floor -- Johnson, 16, of West Des Moines, Iowa, stuck out her chin, wiped away tears and insisted that silver was just as nice as gold.
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