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Shawn Johnson is Gold Glorious

Shawn Johnson is Gold Glorious

USA gymnast Shawn Johnson came up big on the balance beam and won gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing on Tuesday. Her score of 16.225 bested teammate Nastia Liukin who scored 16.025. Cheng Fei of China came in third at 15.95.

The U.S. and China came away as the top two performing countries in women’s gymnastics at this year’s Olympics.

Also pictured below is Nastia Liukin winning her gold medal in the women’s all-around competition last week. Did you know she’s only 5’3″? Her legs make her seem way taller!

FYI: Shawn Johnson is technically a dwarf, coming in at 4’9″ (4’10″ or shorter is the standard).

10+ pictures of Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin getting gold glorious…

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  • omg!

    woo

  • Harlow

    I hope you know that “midget” is offensive. My parents are little people and calling them “midget” is the same as calling a black person a ‘n*gger’.

    Call her a little person or a dwarf.

  • http://alannaisbored.blogspot.com alanna

    Congrats!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/pinish robertplover!

    I love her she’s a cutie pie!!

  • br

    I love her too!!!

  • Desireé

    how old si she??

  • br

    Btw, I agree with #2. Also, Shawn’s only 16… she’s still got time to grow.

  • gina

    Shawn does not lok like a midget or dwarf ! she does not have the abnormal body look! leave her alone .

  • Ollie

    lol I love Nastia!!!!!!!!

  • Jordan

    LOVE shawn johnson! she’s so adorable! & i’m a total nastia fan too =]

  • jess

    well jared said “technically”. it’s not that he’s calling her a midget himself.

  • joyce

    shes so cute & adorable!
    im so glad she finally got a gold. she deserved more though.

  • Harlow

    “Technically” she is a little person or a dwarf.

    Midget IS an offensive slur.

  • kat

    “Technically” she should still be in a car seat too.

    But i love her & i’m glad she won gold, FINALLY!!

  • Michael phelps rocks

    Congrats Shawn she deserves it.Nastia is great also :)

  • xoxo

    Go USA!!

    I love Nastia Liukin too! She was really good.

  • Vicky

    they r sooooooo beautiful!

  • Emily

    shawn is so sweet

  • slighthope

    Like others have said, “midget” is an offensive term. Even if Jared added “technically”, he still used the word and it’s still offensive.

  • stephanie

    love them! :)

  • http://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/GENTIANNA jenn

    im so proud of this girl
    and seriously justjared,’
    why would u call her a dwarf?
    if she was one she wouldnt even participate at Olympics!
    i mean isnt it kinda rude?
    shes doing the best for usa..she worked her ass off..
    and TMZ.COM called her and compared her to a rat
    i mean WTFF..
    just leave her alone

  • sweetie

    Thanks for the Shawn & Nastia post, Jared. :-)

    Congrats, Shawn and Nastia! You both deserved gold medals not only for your gorgeous routines but your gracious spirits.

    “…perhaps nothing at these Games will be more precious than that one moment, when we all caught a glimpse of a young woman whose gifts stretch well beyond the world of sport.” – Mark Sappenfield on Shawn Johnson

    “I would never trade one of my silvers for gold,” she insisted. “What I went through to get them is very special to me and really touched my heart.” – Shawn Johnson on her silver medals

  • LMAO

    I think Lil Kim is a dwarf too

  • http://crazylainetrain.blogspot.com Elaine

    Finally! I much prefer the short powerhouse type gymnasts as opposed to the lean “graceful” ones. I was rooting for Johnson all the way, how could you not with that sweet smile on her face that she has all the live long day?? And those calling her a midget or abnormal, bitches please, she could probably lift your fat ass with her legs while doing a handstand!!

  • omg

    # 24 Elaine @ 08/21/2008 at 12:14 am And those calling her a midget or abnormal, ******* please, she could probably lift your fat ass with her legs while doing a handstand!!
    _________________

    now that is something i’d pay to see.

  • Don’t ya just

    love them both!

  • http://crazylainetrain.blogspot.com Elaine

    Finally! I much prefer the short powerhouse type gymnasts as opposed to the lean “graceful” ones. I was rooting for Johnson all the way, how could you not with that sweet smile on her face that she has all the live long day?? And those calling her a midget or abnormal, bitches please, she could probably lift your fat ass with her legs while doing a handstand!!

    Jared needs to look up dwarfism – it’s a medical condition concerning hormones, not a HEIGHT thing. Height is just a symptom of dwarfism. If she was a dwarf her body would not be proportional along with other medical problems which clearly she does not have. Jeesh! Study up!!

  • http://crazylainetrain.blogspot.com Elaine

    Finally! I much prefer the short powerhouse type gymnasts as opposed to the lean “graceful” ones. I was rooting for Johnson all the way, how could you not with that sweet smile on her face that she has all the live long day?? And those calling her a midget or abnormal, bitches please, she could probably lift your fat ass with her legs while doing a handstand!!

    Jared needs to look up dwarfism – it’s a medical condition concerning hormones, not a HEIGHT thing. Height is just a symptom of dwarfism. If she was a dwarf her body would not be proportional along with other medical problems which clearly she does not have. Jeesh! Look up from your people magazine once in a while and study up Jared!!

  • nina

    I wish Nastia had won. She’s far more graceful. Nastia got robbed of her medal on the uneven bars,

  • http://crazylainetrain.blogspot.com Elaine

    sorry didn’t mean to post multiple comments….oops. damn internet wouldn’t let me finish!! ;p

  • at

    love them both! glad that they each got a gold medal!

  • Elise

    He just stated that she qualifies as a dwarf at that height. Why is it rude to point out someone technically is a dwarf? There’s nothing wrong with being a dwarf.

  • rocksii

    i LOVE shawn johnsoon..
    SHE’S THE BEST GYMNIST IN THE WHOLE WORLD!!!
    and her smilee.. awww.. soo sweet.. ♥

  • buckeyegurl

    Love them both. Shawn is just adorable. I had no idea she is only 4’9″. Nastia definitely looks taller than she is too. Congrats to both ladies!! You deserve your success.

  • dee

    I love Nastia gymnastics run in her blood, father was a Soviet gold medalist, SHe is so gracefully, I prefer that so much more than the stocky looking girls

  • daisy

    They are both great. And Nastia is also 2 years older then Shawn. Bringing up Shawn’s height is just rude! It has nothign to do with her winning medals or bing a great gymnast. There were girls there shorter then Shawn.

  • http://crazylainetrain.blogspot.com Elaine

    elise: it’s not rude to call someone a dwarf – it is rude to say that she is one when “technically” she is not. Dwarfism is a medical condition that’s very serious, their short stature is just one symptom of that condition. To say that Shawn is a dwarf just because she is small is like saying that people in the NBA have gigantism because they happen to be taller than the norm.

  • neela

    i like nastia and shawn a lot. it’s great to see that they are very, very good friends. so, there’s no need to pit them against each other. it’s wonderful that they can cheer each other on.

    i’m especially fond of shawn because of how she has carried herself at the olympics. she’s such a good sportsman, and i love how she acknowledges the performances of her fellow competitors. i also love how she is friendly with other gymnasts despite the language barrier. and those gymnasts & their coaches return the same kind of respect. i.e. when she finished her beam routine, chang fei and her coaches came up to hug her. initially, shawn had been the one to start the hugs; her attitude and actions were clearly infectious. i’m just so in awe at her level of maturity. she’s a great representative for the u.s.a., especially because her actions promote racial harmony. you can just tell how much she has been enjoying the olympics.

  • neela

    i like nastia and shawn a lot. it’s great to see that they are very, very good friends. so, there’s no need to pit them against each other. it’s wonderful that they can cheer each other on.

    i’m especially fond of shawn because of how she has carried herself at the olympics. she’s such a good sportsman, and i love how she acknowledges the performances of her fellow competitors. i also love how she is friendly with other gymnasts despite the language barrier. and those gymnasts & their coaches return the same kind of respect. i.e. when she finished her beam routine, chang fei and her coaches came up to hug her. initially, shawn had been the one to start the hugs; her attitude and actions were clearly infectious. i’m just so in awe at her level of maturity. she’s a great representative for the u.s.a., especially because her actions promote racial harmony. you can just tell how much she has been enjoying the olympics.

  • ashleyyyy

    actually jared is correct when saying shawn is technically a dwarf because legally because of her height she is. all people under 4’10 are considered dwarfs. she may not have the body type of whats considered the “normal” dwarfs but she is legally a dwarf i would know, im 4’9 as well

  • CC

    Im so glad shawn won, she deserved it…she came close in others but she was still super happy with silver. she has such good sportsmanship and she has that million dollar smile. (:

  • michelle

    Love Shawn all the way. She’s so cute and adorable. Plus, her routines are amazing and she’s awesome there at Beijing. Looking forward to see her in London 2012. I can see a great and bright career ahead of her. Congratuations to both Shawn and Nastia. Go USA!!!

  • http://voguebeauty.blogspot.com/ Vogue

    http://voguebeauty.blogspot.com/

    finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • alia

    omg i love her!!
    she is so cute…i was sooo excited when she won; i was watching the entire time, rooting for her

    and it was so emotional to see her parents bawling and embracing each other; so touching…

    She definately deserved to win: hope to see her in the London Olympics!

    GO SHAWN!! :D

  • LogAN

    Jared thanks for posting about Shawn and Nastia. it would be awsome if you would start posting more stuff on them and also Alicia Sacramone and Jonathan Horton. i know everyone would love for you to post stuff about these awsome gymnasts

  • baby5

    I love Nastia !!! She’s and Shawn are the best.

  • jughed

    That’s not very nice calling Shawn Johnson a dwarf, Jared!

    She’s more like a chipmunk! :)

    congrats to the u.s. team

  • joss

    i wouldn’t say i’m a nastia liukin fan, but i am definitely a shawn johnson fan! she’s so cute!!

  • LuckyL

    I’m pretty sure they haven’t stopped -all- their growing yet.

  • lauren

    love them
    also love Cheng fei

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