Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Shawn Johnson’

Gymnastics concluded tonight at the Beijing Olympics

Men took the floor first on the parallel bars, where China dominated in the form of Li Xiaopeng.  South Korea’s Yoo Won-Chultook silver and Uzbekistan’s Anton Fokintook bronze.  Fokin became the first gymnast to ever win a medal for Uzbekistan.  After all the men had received their scores, Fokin raised his hand in the air and made a one with his index finger, showing that even if he came in third, he still considered himself a champion.  (more…)

Read Full Post »

Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin during the medal ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Womens Gymnastics Team Competition.  The US received silver.

Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin during the medal ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Women's Gymnastics Team Competition. The US received silver and would not taste gold until Liukin won the individual competition.

Nastia Liukin joined today the ranks of Mary Lou Retton and Carly Patterson when she won the Olympic gold medal for Women’s Individual All-Around Gymnastics.  The 18-year-old Moscow-born Texan stood slightly taller than teammate Shawn Johnson and China’s Yang Yilin when she accepted the first gold medal awarded to the United States for gymnastics at Beijing.  Both the American men and women had achieved only silver until tonight.

Liukin and Johnson secured the first Olympic gold-silver finish for the United States.  The girls were favored to place tonight, although the Chinese performance in the team competitions demonstrated the Americans would not win easily.

(more…)

Read Full Post »