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    Shawn Johnson loses Tyson event in NYC

    Shawn Johnson placed second to Natsia Luikin (spelling?) this afternoon in NYC. Both will be expected to be gold medal contenders in Bejing this summer for the USA. Any thoughts if this will hurt or help SJ on her attempt to become America's golden girl.


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    Re: Shawn Johnson loses Tyson event in NYC

    Tyson Chicken, not Mike Tyson. I know Mike cannot spell.


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    Re: Shawn Johnson loses Tyson event in NYC

    Can't win them all maybe it will give her more motivation to do well in the Olympics


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    Re: Shawn Johnson loses Tyson event in NYC

    I think that the expectation put on her is a bit much, maybe this will tone it down some.



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    Re: Shawn Johnson loses Tyson event in NYC

    Losing a few is probably good for her. Watching all this media attention, you have to worry how a 16 year old will handle it.


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    Re: Shawn Johnson loses Tyson event in NYC

    My fear would be with all the corporate sponsor money, do they add additional pressure because now their golden girl isn't looking so golden???


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    Re: Shawn Johnson loses Tyson event in NYC

    The announcers mentioned that she was trying new things in her routines to gain experience for the Olympics.



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    Re: Shawn Johnson loses Tyson event in NYC

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Losing a few is probably good for her. Watching all this media attention, you have to worry how a 16 year old will handle it.
    I've been thinking the same thing. Especially after hearing about the Land Rover she was given and countless other gifts. Not to mention the constant media attention.



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    Re: Shawn Johnson loses Tyson event in NYC

    Agreed, I think she performed well. Here's to hoping this is a good thing and reflects positively on her and the overall state of USA gymnastics. Luikin was favored in the event that started SJ craze but was injured slightly there.


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    Re: Shawn Johnson loses Tyson event in NYC

    I am really not interested in gymnastics in the least but I think the state of Iowa could not have a better ambassador then Johnson. She is smart, determined, and represents us well. I hope she gets the gold.



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    Re: Shawn Johnson loses Tyson event in NYC

    I could care less about gymnastics, but I've been follwing Johnson since she's from IA, and she seems to handle everything really well. You don't have to win them all.



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    Re: Shawn Johnson loses Tyson event in NYC

    Is SJ gonna go to College? If so, is she looking at ISU?



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    Re: Shawn Johnson loses Tyson event in NYC

    I don't think she will go to college for gymnastics, but probably for academics.



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    Re: Shawn Johnson loses Tyson event in NYC

    Quote Originally Posted by CyForPresident View Post
    Is SJ gonna go to College? If so, is she looking at ISU?
    She can't compete at the college level as she have receiver sponsor money.



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    Re: Shawn Johnson loses Tyson event in NYC

    Did anyone watch this girl on the balance beam?!? Un fricking believable! She started off w/ 3 straight back flips. She was incredible. She just didn't stick her landing on a couple. She really looked the most impressive though



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