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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.
July 23, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Former U.S. Olympian Dominique Moceanu, who at 14 was part of the 1996 gold-medal team, said Tuesday night that USA Gymnastics team coordinator Martha Karolyi once grabbed her by the neck and slammed her face into a phone, and that former coach Bela Karolyi twice berated her about her weight in front of national teammates.
August 12, 2009 | Diane Pucin
It is Nastia Liukin's show this year. After sharing headlines and expectations with U.S. teammate Shawn Johnson before and during the Beijing Olympics in 2008, it is Olympic all-around gold medalist Liukin who is hogging the gymnastics spotlight this season. While Johnson, who won the silver all-around medal, has been off winning "Dancing With the Stars," Liukin has gone back to the gym. She will compete this week at the U.S. gymnastics national championships in Dallas on uneven bars and balance beam with the goal of earning a spot at the world championships in London in October.
January 5, 1994
A 3-year-old boy who was found unconscious last week in a burning house that was apparently set afire by a Christmas tree died Monday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, a hospital official said. Lance Johnson died a few minutes before noon in the hospital's pediatric intensive care unit, where he was being treated for smoke inhalation, a nursing supervisor said. An official cause of death had not been determined, according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office.
October 17, 1999
Brad Burnett, Trevor McMunn and Brett McCleave scored goals to break a third-quarter tie and give fourth-ranked El Toro a 10-3 victory over host San Diego Coronado in boys' nonleague water polo Saturday. McCleave had a game-high four goals. Jon Hopkins scored three goals for Coronado. The Charger defense held Jesse Smith, a member of the junior national team, scoreless. Ali Khalessi made four of his 13 saves in the final quarter for El Toro (19-3). In other nonleague games: No.
August 13, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Dancing With the Stars"announcedmost of the celebrity and professional pairings for the new All-Star season Monday morning on "Good Morning America. " The only name not announced is the 13th spot reserved for the winner of a viewer vote. The star-pro pairings are: Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Pamela Anderson and Tristan MacManus, Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower, Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson, Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough, Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya, Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd, Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff, Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas, Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani, and Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke.
August 14, 2007 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
WAVERLY, Texas -- About 20 gymnasts arrive at a secluded ranch where they are enthusiastically greeted by three dogs as well as a bearhug from Bela Karolyi. The girls and their coaches are then guided toward a metal building filled with chalk dust and vaults, tumbling mats and the welcoming presence of Karolyi's wife, Martha. Everyone is smiling, exchanging cheek kisses and information until practice starts. Then Bela disappears. Martha speaks in a whisper, but she is clearly in charge.
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