She is the Olympic balance beam gold medalist and all-around, team and floor exercise silver medalist. She won also the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars.
She is the Olympic balance beam gold medalist and all-around, team and floor exercise silver medalist. She won also the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars. Her parents enrolled her in a gymnastics class at age three after they noticed her climbing cabinets and jumping off tables.
Johnson attended a public school, Valley High School. She was on the honor roll, attended football games, and participated in extra-curriculars. Through , Johnson maintained a more balanced lifestyle than typical of elite female gymnasts.
She limited her gymnastics training to 25 hours per week, as opposed to the more typical 40 hours. Johnson left public school in the spring of As of , she finished high school with a private tutor. Level 10 National Championships, finishing fourth in the all-around, first on beam, and second on floor. Junior elite Johnson qualified Junior International Elite on her first attempt.
She attracted widespread attention at the U. Classic, where she placed third. At the U. National Championships, Johnson fell from the beam on the first day of competition and finished tenth all-around. In , Johnson added several new tricks, including a Jaeger on bars, and two top-difficulty G skills, a full-in back-out dismount off beam and a double-twisting double back on floor.
She won the U. Junior National All-Around Championship with a score higher than any of her senior elite competitors.
Senior Career pre-Worlds Johnson became a senior in and continued to show new skills, including a double-twisting double layout dismount off the uneven bars. Johnson also competed in the Pan American Games, winning four gold medals team, all-around, beam and bars and a silver on floor.
Johnson won the all-around at the Visa U. National Championships, beating Shayla Worley by more than 3 points. Johnson also finished more than 5 points ahead of two-time National Champion Nastia Liukin, in the first of a series of face-offs over the next 2 years. She won the team title, the all around title, the balance beam title and the uneven bars title.
She was the silver medalist on floor. In prelims qualification , Johnson scored Johnson performed all four events in the team finals; the only U. She fell on the beam on her handspring-handspring-layout series and scored The team won gold with It was the second U.
In the all-around finals, Johnson scored a During event finals, Johnson first competed on the balance beam, where she fell on her standing full and on her switch side leap, scoring a In floor exercise, she went out-of-bounds on her first tumbling pass, but won the gold with a On vault, she fell on her Amanar vault, scoring a She stated that her attempt to "stick" the vault caused the fall.
On the other apparatus, she scored Although Johnson scored first on the vault, balance beam, and floor, she finished second in the all-around. Nastia Liukin, with an uneven bars score nearly a point higher than Johnson's won gold. One week later, Johnson represented the U.
Johnson won the all-around with a Johnson also won the floor exercise. Two weeks later, Johnson won the all-around at the Olympic Trials in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, again finishing ahead of Liukin. Because of their top placements, Johnson and Liukin were named to the U. Olympic gymnastics team immediately after the Trials. The other four team members earned their spots after two additional selection camps.
Johnson also won the silver medal in the individual all-around competition, receiving a score of Johnson's teammate and roommate at the Olympic Village, Nastia Liukin, won the gold medal, receiving a score of With Liukin taking gold and Johnson silver, this competition was the first time that the United States Women's Gymnastics team took both the gold and silver medals in the individual all-around competition; this competition also marks the fourth time a country won both gold and silver medals in the individual all-around competition.
She won the silver medal in floor exercise, with teammate Liukin taking bronze. She won a gold medal on the balance beam apparatus. Like the individual all-around, she and Liukin took the top two medals in this event. She had reconstructive knee surgery the following month. In May , Johnson announced her return to gymnastics training with a goal of making U. In August , Johnson communicated that her knee recovered to allow full training and that she had learned a new difficult skill.
Johnson is planning on starting her comeback at the Covergirl Classics, and the Visa Championships, hopeful to make the World Championships Team. In September , Johnson released videos showing the following skills training status: Although she expected to return to the "ranch" later in her comeback, Martha Karolyi requested she appear, based on her demonstrated progress in video.
Johnson mentioned that her reconstructed knee still hindered high training volume. In February , Johnson became an official member of the USA Senior National team once again, this allows her to compete in international competitions.
She has stated that she wishes to return to competition later in Johnson's comeback started at the CoverGirl Classic, the qualifying meet for the Visa Championships.
Although she fell on both bars and beam, she successfully petitioned into Championships. Johnson was originally planning to compete the all-around, but after tweaking her knee on floor exercise during podium training, she chose to scratch on floor, competing on vault, bars, and beam. She had a much better performance than at the Classic, placing fourth on beam and sixth on bars. She won a gold medal in the team competition and also won a silver medal for her uneven bars performance.
On June 3rd, Johnson officially announced her retirement from gymnastics.
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