I loved watching the Olympics this year. I wrote about Shawn Johnson multiple times, and she made her country so proud. She is an Olympic medalist who won with grace, style and humility. The United States, and her hometown of West Des Moines, are very proud of her performance and sportsmanship.
If you are a fellow Shawn Johnson Fan and do not read the Des Moines Register, I am happy to share some links:
We have our US Women's Gymnastics team for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
We already knew Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin were going to Bejing, and now we know Chellsie Memmel, Alicia Sacramone, Samantha Peszek and Bridget Sloan round out the team. (Read AP story HERE.) I feel really good about the team and the prospects for gold.
Here is more news and happenings on the gymnastics front as we prepare for the Olympics starting 08-08-08:
Shawn Johnson's coach Liang Chow was named Head Coach for the US Women's gymnastics team! (Read story from the Des Moines Register HERE.)
Shayla Worley, one of my favorite gymnasts today, broke her leg at training camp. (AP story HERE.)
Paul Hamm is in good shape, his hand is healed, and he has a ticket to China. (AP story HERE.)
I heard about this commercial for the upcoming Olympic games, and I finally saw in on television last night. It's especially touching if you remember watching Mary Lou Retton win GOLD in Los Angeles in 1984!
Earlier today, I wrote about Shawn Johnson's success at the US Gymnastics Championships. I was happy to see support for Shawn Johnson (and all of the US gymnasts) across the blogosphere. Special thanks (and hat-tip) to The Gymblog for sharing Shawn's new Floor Exercise (FX) video:
Great news for gymnast Shawn Johnson and her fans. The teenager from West Des Moines, Iowa won the US gymnastics championship and is in a good position for the upcoming Olympic trials. Read the AP story HERE.
Of course, we are concerned for current Olympic All-Around champion Paul Hamm, who broke his hand during the championship meet. I have never seen him as strong and solid as he was during this meet, until the fateful bar routine. Hamm is hoping to compete in Beijing, but only time will tell. Read the AP story HERE.
I just got back from a week-long trip to Iowa to see my mom, sisters, kids and brand-new nephew. (Happily, everyone is well.) As expected, Shawn Johnson-Mania is in full-force as we all wait for our hometown hero to be named to the Olympic gymnastics team. I happened to catch a television commercial for a local grocery store chain (the same grocery store where NFL star Kurt Warner bagged groceries!), and I wanted to share with you:
Saturday, March 1 is a big day for the world of gymnastics. Tune into NBC at 10 a.m. PST (or check your local listings) to watch the American Cup Gymnastics competition. The super-stars of gymnastics are competing for the title, and equally important, laying the foundation for competing at the Beijing Olympics this summer.
Yesterday, USA Today wrote about my favorite up-and-comer, and hometown hero, Shawn Johnson. Click here to find the article! (It's hard to find online, so just click HERE.)
Report back to LTV this weekend to read about the results of the competition.
Early this morning, I was trying to get some work done before my daughter woke up for the day. (Oh yes, laptop television with the Today show... and coffee.) My husband came rushing into the room and told me to click on yahoo.com to look at today's "featured" section. To my delight, I found Shawn Johnson's smiley face on the front page of Yahoo!