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Shawn Johnson Height 4' 9" Born January 19 1992 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA
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Shawn Johnson: 2007 Worlds: team,
all-around & floor gold.
2007 & 2008 U.S national all-around champ.
2007 American Cup all-around champ.
2006 U.S junior national all-around champ.
2007 Pan American Games: team gold, all-around gold, balance beam gold, floor exercise silver and uneven bars gold.
2008 Olympic Games: team silver, all-around silver, balance beam gold and floor exercise silver.
She's an only child.
During the second round of her performance in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, "August's Rhapsody" from the movie "August Rush" was played as background music.
Midwest grocery chain Hy-Vee, headquartered in Johnson's hometown of West Des Moines, ran a television ad before and during the Olympics featuring Johnson. After the Olympics Johnson appeared in television ads and online campaigns for Ortega and McDonalds as well as print and web advertisements for CoverGirl and Secret deodorant. Johnson has also appeared on food packaging for McDonalds, Coca-Cola and Hy-Vee products. Reports by Johnson's agent, Sheryl Shade, that Johnson would grace the Wheaties cereal box did not come to fruition. Her likeness does, however, appear on a limited edition Cheerios box that appeared in January 2009.
Johnson has appeared on many talk shows: The Today Show on NBC (October 26, 2007, August 5, 2008, and October 7, 2008), CCTV (August 20, 2008), the Late Show with David Letterman (August 25, 2008), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (August 29, 2008), The Ellen DeGeneres Show (October 8, 2007, September 9, 2008 and March 12, 2009), and Live with Regis and Kelly (October 22, 2008). Along with other Olympians, she appeared on the season premiere of The Oprah Winfrey Show (September 8, 2008).
She led the Pledge of Allegiance on August 28, 2008 at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Johnson made a cameo appearance on The Secret Life of the American Teenager season finale episode "Just Say No," which aired September 9, 2008.
From September to November 2008, Johnson was a marquee member of The Tour of Gymnastics Superstars. Tapings of the second show of the tour will be included in Frosted Pink with a Twist, which is a television special about women's cancers (Johnson has a grandmother who is a cancer survivor). The television special also featured singers Jesse McCartney, Kenny Loggins, and Grammy Award singers Cyndi Lauper and Carole King . Johnson also headlined the Progressive Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular in Rapid City, South Dakota on December 23, 2008. The show aired nationally on NBC on January 18, 2009.
In December 2008, Johnson unveiled a book: Shawn Johnson: Olympic Champion: Stories Behind the Smile (ISBN 978-1-934417-01-0), chronicling her life story through personal photographs and quotes.
In February 2009, Johnson was announced as a celebrity competitor on ABC's Dancing with the Stars Season 8, partnered with season 6 winner professional dancer Mark Ballas. She will be the youngest competitor in the history of the show.
In March of 2009, Johnson was announced as one of 12 semifinalists for the AAU Sullivan award. The annual award honors the athlete who best represents "the qualities of leadership, character, sportsmanship, and the ideals of amateurism" and will be announced April 15
Dancing with the Stars Champ
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