“Shawn Johnson Day” proclaimed by Iowa’s Governor Chet Culver
(Des Moines) On Wednesday, October 17, Governor Chet Culver at the Iowa State Historical Building. proclaimed it “Shawn Johnson Day” in the State of Iowa. Johnson’s star continues to rise in the world of international gymnastics. Shawn has won the 2007 Pan-American All-Around, the 2007 American Cup All-Around, the 2007 National Championship and the 2007 World Championship.
“Shawn Johnson is an amazing young woman,” said Governor Culver. “Her awards and honors are many, and I congratulate her for all she has done in her 15 short years.”
“Everything that’s happened to me is so overwhelming,” said Shawn Johnson. “I thank Governor Culver for proclaiming today ‘Shawn Johnson Day.’ It’s such a huge honor and I am grateful that so many people came out to celebrate with me. I’m so proud to be from Iowa!”
Also, adidas announced a major sponsorship deal with Shawn, celebrating her competitive spirit and quest for competition in Beijing. adidas has a long history of supporting Olympic athletes since the 1928 games in Amsterdam. Shawn joins a list of Olympic athletes including Nadia Comaneci and 2008 hopefuls Allyson Felix, Jeremy Wariner and Tyson Gaye. adidas is an official sponsor of the USA Gymnastics team and an official sponsor of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
“What better day to announce our partnership with Shawn than on ‘Shawn Johnson Day’? We are thrilled to welcome her to the adidas family,” explained Martyn Brewer, Director of Sports Marketing, adidas America. “Shawn’s dedication and humility is an inspiration to athletes around the world. She embodies everything that is good in sport and her story exemplifies the Impossible is Nothing spirit.”
The ceremony was held in the atrium at the Iowa State Historical Building, where Governor Culver read a proclamation proclaiming October 17, 2007 Shawn Johnson Day. Shawn’s coaches, Liang Qiao (Chow) and Liwen Zhuang (Li) were in attendance, as was a representative from USA Gymnastics. A framed Congressional Record from Congressman Leonard Boswell was presented to Shawn Johnson before the ceremony. Also, Shawn’s favorite athlete, cyclist Lance Armstrong who was unable to attend the ceremony, sent an autographed photograph and a letter congratulating Shawn on her World Championship win.
Governor Culver said, “Shawn Johnson is a role model for thousands of girls in Iowa and millions more around the country and the world. I am proud that she represents herself, her family, her state and her nation with grace and dignity. We wish her the best of luck as she heads to Beijing, China for the 2008 Summer Olympics.”