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Johnson jubilant after winning gold for U.S.

U.S. gymnast Shawn Johnson reacts after winning gold on the balance beam apparatus on Tuesday in Beijing.

U.S. gymnast Shawn Johnson reacts after winning gold on the balance beam apparatus on Tuesday in Beijing.

August 20, 2008

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— Shawn Johnson's smile was a thousand times wider than the balance beam she had just conquered Tuesday night. Finally, it was a golden grin.

The world champion made a habit of collecting silver at the Beijing Games, not a bad custom, but not exactly everything she came to China for. She ended her runner-up streak with a beam routine that blew away the field, including all-around champ Nastia Liukin, behind whom Johnson got one of her three silvers.

"It's crazy," the 16-year-old Johnson said. "I remember seeing Nastia have hers from the all-around and it is so pretty. Silver is really pretty, too.

"It's the best feeling ever."

Johnson won the gold despite a headache earlier in the day.

The United States got its only men's individual medal when Jonathan Horton took silver on high bar.

Comments

Piggles 6 years, 4 months ago

I just absolutely adore this girl- she went in and did her routine and instead of sitting there and be nervous about how her score would hold up, Shawn would go over and hug the other girls. Or she would be scanning the crowd , waving at them or smiling for the camera. She really seemed to enjoy being there and just have fun. I am glad she got the gold medal for balance beam- it's been a while since I have seen someone do almost a solid routine on the beam. GOOD LUCK SHAWN!

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