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Shawn Johnson Wins the Sullivan Award

Photo of Shawn Johnson by jlantzy.

Photo of Shawn Johnson by jlantzy.

She may not have won the Olympic All-Around title, but Shawn Johnson has made history by becoming the first female gymnast to win the Sullivan Award, which is given to the country’s top amateur athlete.

“Being up there with all the other athletes and just hearing all the titles they kept listing off, I was like, ‘There’s no way.’ Then when they called my name,” Johnson said, “it’s the biggest honor there is. To be the first female gymnast, it’s just amazing. I’m so excited.”

Johnson won four medals in Beijing, including the gold for the balance beam and silver for the all-around and team competitions.

The other finalists for the award were Johnson’s teammate and Olympics All-Around gold medalist Nastia Liukin, U.S. Olympic men’s 400-meter freestyle relay swim team, Stanford volleyball player Cynthia Barboza, and UNC basketball player Tyler Hansbrough.

Johnson is currently taking a break from her gymnastics training to compete on “Dancing with the Stars.”

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