Shawn Johnson Named USOC Athlete of the Month
The U.S. Olympic Committee announced gymnastics’ Shawn Johnson and cycling’s Brian Lopes as its September Athletes of the Month. The USOC Co-Team of the Month was awarded to both the U.S. Greco-Roman Wrestling Team and the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics World Championship Team.
Johnson (West Des Moines, Iowa) became just the fourth U.S. woman ever to win the world all-around gold medal at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, Sept. 1-9. The only other U.S. women to win the award were Kim Zmeskal (1991), Shannon Miller (1993-94) and Chellsie Memmel (2005).
While the all-around medal was the most impressive of her feats at the 2007 Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Johnson also won two other gold medals to bring her overall total for the event to three. Her other two world titles came in the floor and team exercises. Johnson’s performance for the team allowed the squad to win only their second title in history and the first at a World Championship outside of the U.S.
The U.S. Women’s Gymnastics World Championship Team added more world accomplishments to the list of U.S. feats the past month with only their second ever team title at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. The team earned seven medals and came home from Stuttgart with the honor of being the most successful gymnastics team ever at the World Championships. Along with Johnson’s three gold medals, the rest of the team won a gold, two silver and three bronze. Their finish in the top-12 qualified a full team for the U.S. to compete at the 2008 Olympic Games.