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In 2005, Chow reached out to the National Team Coordinator, Marta Karolyi, sending her a video of Johnson with the comment "I believe this kid will help the U. team." but she soon invited Johnson to national team training camps. Johnson also competed in the 2007 Pan American Games, winning four gold medals (team, all-around, beam and bars) and a silver on floor. Johnson also finished more than five points ahead of two-time National Champion Nastia Liukin, in the first of a series of face-offs over the next two years. In prelims (qualification), Johnson scored 16.250 on beam, 15.150 on floor, 15.175 on vault, and (with a fall on her dismount) 14.625 on bars. 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 15.025. In floor exercise, she went out-of-bounds on her first tumbling pass, but won the gold with a 15.250, just eclipsing teammate Sacramone.
Johnson qualified Junior International Elite on her first attempt. The team won gold with 184.400 points, 0.950 ahead of silver-medal China. that her attempt to "stick" the vault caused the fall. Johnson won the all-around with a 61.7, earning the highest scores on vault (15.2), beam (16.2), and floor (15.0).
In February 2011, Johnson became an official member of the USA Senior National team once again which allowed her to compete in international competitions. On September 7, 2007, Johnson received the "Longines Prize for Elegance" in Stuttgart, Germany along with Japan's Hiroyuki Tomita.
She stated that she wished to return to competition later in 2011. The prize is given in recognition of athletes who demonstrate remarkable elegance in the course of an international competition at world level; the decision was unanimous.
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.
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Shawn Machel Johnson East (born January 19, 1992) is an American former artistic gymnast. She had one of the best rookie seasons ever recorded in the history of gymnastics, winning the all-around at the American Cup, Pan American Games, U. National Championships, and World Championships all in her first year as a senior gymnast. In May 2009, Johnson was the winner of Dancing with the Stars – season eight, and in November 2012 she earned second place on the all-star edition.
She is the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist and team, all-around and floor exercise silver medalist. She is the 2007 individual all-around World Champion, 2007 World Champion on floor exercise, and a member of the 2007 gold medal winning U. Johnson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Doug and Teri Johnson.
In January 2010, Johnson tore her left ACL while skiing.
She had reconstructive knee surgery the following week. In November 2010, Johnson entered her first post-Olympics National Team Training Camp.