March 9, 2009 |
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."
July 27, 2012 |
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.
June 23, 2008 |
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.
November 26, 2012 |
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.
October 13, 2011 |
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.
August 17, 2007 |
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.
September 4, 2007 |
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.
August 20, 2008 |
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.