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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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SPORTS
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.
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
September 4, 2007 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
STUTTGART, Germany -- Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson will be teammates for United States women's gymnastics Wednesday, hoping to lead it to a team gold medal. They will be rivals the rest of the week, aiming to win the all-around title and individual event medals and set themselves up as favorites to be the best gymnast at next summer's Olympics in Beijing. After a dominating performance in qualifying Sunday, the U.S.
SPORTS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2012 | By Allyssa Lee
We're one week away from the “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” semifinals, and the stakes are higher than ever. This week, each of the remaining seven couples had to perform two whole dances: an individual ballroom dance with a military theme in honor of Veterans Day and a Latin trio performance with another professional or troupe member added to their group. If that wasn't pressure enough, all the stars knew they were facing a double elimination this week. Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani have had their best two weeks ever.
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