Liukin and Johnson Have Only Gold Medals in Common

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Eight years ago at the Beijing Olympics, Shawn Johnson was at the top of her game. The thenyear-old was a gymnastics powerhouse, America's sweetheart, and seemingly a lock for the gold medal in the prestigious individual all-around competition. So when her teammate Nastia Liukin took first. OK, everyone knows the U.S. gymnastics team is the definition of #SquadGoals -- they even have the shirts to prove it -- but it turns out the team's history in this department runs deep. Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson, members of the silver-medal-winning team in Beijing, are both in Rio and giving us.

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Shawn Machel Johnson East (born January 19, ) is an American former artistic gymnast. She is the Olympic balance beam gold medalist and team, all-around and floor exercise silver medalist. Johnson is also a five-time Pan American Games gold medalist, winning the team titles in and , as well as. BEIJING — Each with an Olympic gold medal to call her own, the gymnasts Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson prepared to part ways after sharing the long road to stardom. Liukin, the Olympic champion in the all-around, made her final rounds Wednesday before flying back to the United States to do a round.


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