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Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson Reveals Miscarriage

'It's been a roller coaster,' she says in video

(Newser) - Gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson East reveals in an emotional video that she miscarried two days after she found out she was pregnant. Johnson East, 25, posted a video titled pregnancy + heartbreak to her YouTube channel on Saturday announcing her happiness on learning she was pregnant, and then her... More »

Body of Student Gymnast Found in Dumbwaiter

No foul play suspected at restaurant in Wisconsin

(Newser) - A college gymnast is dead after what appears to be a freak accident at the restaurant where she worked: Brooke Baures was found in its dumbwaiter, reports NBC Chicago . The body of the 21-year-old senior at Winona State University in Minnesota was discovered Monday evening in the food elevator of... More »

College Student Trademarks Gabby Douglas Nickname

He locks up 'Flying Squirrel' ... for now

(Newser) - While most Olympic fans were oohing and aahing over Gabby Douglas' gold-medal performance in gymnastics, a Fordham business student oohed, aahed, and then filed to trademark her "Flying Squirrel" nickname on August 6, reports TMZ . AJ Rotonde hopes to make a bundle selling T-shirts and the like—or selling... More »

Champion Gymnast Found Begging on Beijing's Streets

China furious over treatment of former sports hero

(Newser) - The fate of one former gymnastics prodigy has sparked outrage in China, following revelations that he has been reduced to begging on the streets of Beijing. Zhang Shangwu, 28, was sent to a gymnastics academy at age 5, made the national team at age 12, and in 2001 won two... More »

Olympian to Teach Orangutans How to Swing

Animals in Netherlands zoo lose their knack for trees

(Newser) - A zoo in the Netherlands has hired an Olympic gymnast to teach its orangutans how to swing from tree branches. The zoo's previous orangutan enclosure didn't have trees, and now that their quarters have been upgraded, they seem to have forgotten how to swing from branch to branch, reports APP.... More »

Evan Lysacek Wants a Girlfriend

Olympic figure skating gold medalist isn't dating gymnast Nastia Liukin

(Newser) - Never mind the rumors about Evan Lysacek dating gymnast Nastia Liukin—the Olympic champion in men's figure skating is single and looking. "I haven't had any time for dating while I'm training," Lysacek tells Entertainment Tonight . "I'm lonely." As for Liukin, herself an Olympic gold medalist,... More »

History's Most Badass Jews

Bugsy Siegel, Kerri Strug and, of course, Jesus make the list

(Newser) - The beginning of Hanukkah gave Sam Greenspan the excuse to give us his list of history’s most-badass Jews. Some highlights:
  • The Maccabees: “Led Jewish fighters into battles against the armies of Seleucia, Syria, and Rome … and won,” leading to the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem
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Olympian Johnson Crowned Dancing Queen

Gymnast Johnson claims the mirror ball to wrap up Season 8

(Newser) - Shawn Johnson now has a Dancing With the Stars' mirror ball trophy to put alongside her Olympic medals, Extra reports. The gymnast—at 17, the youngest star to compete on the show—took first place along with dancing partner Mark Ballas, leaving Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke in second place,... More »

Olympian Could Be the Dancing Queen

Gymnast Johnson, 17, may earn $365K from reality show contest

(Newser) - Shawn Johnson could rake in a bundle if she succeeds as a reality star, TMZ reports. The Dancing with the Stars contestant, whose contract to appear on the show had to be approved by a judge because she’s a minor, made $125,000 just for being a contestant. The... More »

Shawn Johnson's Alleged Stalker Pleads Not Guilty

Hearing set for next month

(Newser) - The man accused of stalking Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson pleaded not guilty to all charges yesterday, E! reports. In addition to his felony stalking charge, Robert O’Ryan, 34, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of carrying a loaded firearm. He is being held on $220,000 bail, and his... More »

Shawn Johnson Stalker Busted at Dancing Lot

Guns, duct tape, love letters found in crazed fan's car

(Newser) - A man obsessed with Shawn Johnson has been arrested after jumping a fence in a bid to get on the set of Dancing With the Stars, People reports. Two loaded guns, duct tape, love letters and memorabilia featuring the 17-year-old Olympic gymnast were found in the man's car after he... More »

In Age Flap, IOC Lacks Spine

Committee kowtows to organizers, sponsors on China's gymnasts

(Newser) - After weeks of speculation about underage Chinese gymnasts and reports that at least two of them are not yet 16, the International Olympic Committee is investigating yet still sitting on its hands, Sally Jenkins writes in the Washington Post. The question “is whether the IOC is genuinely trying to... More »

Disappointment Has a Silver (Medal) Lining

As gymnast beats herself up, American fans go wild

(Newser) - Despite failing to win an individual medal, and her tearful insistence that she cost the US the team gold, gymnast Alicia Sacramone is enjoying wild popularity among fans across the world, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. "I guess it's kind of surprising,” said Sacramone, who has climbed as... More »

Obscure Tiebreaker Gives China's He Gold Over Liukin

0.033 margin on deductions puts American in second place in uneven bars

(Newser) - Chinese gymnast He Kexin won a gold medal on the women’s uneven bars today, despite exactly same score as American Nastia Liukin, the New York Times reports. Liukin and He each scored 16.725, but since gymnastics no longer gives out dual medals, He was awarded the gold, thanks... More »

A 10 Won't Win Gym Gold in Beijing

New system eliminates 'perfect score' ceiling in gymnastics

(Newser) - When gymnasts take to the vault and the uneven bars at this summer's Olympics, viewers will notice a major change to the scoring: the perfect 10 has been eliminated. For the first time at the Games, gymnastics will be assessed on a scale with no ceiling, with gold medalists expected... More »

Chinese Gymnasts May be Underage

Passports say girls are 16, but other documents put them at 14

(Newser) - Two of China's Olympic gymnasts may be younger than the cutoff age of 16, although their passports indicate otherwise, the New York Times reports. He Kexin and Jiang Yuyuan both hold papers citing 1991 birthdates, but previous competition records indicate they may be just 14. Why would China want to... More »

City Rebuilds Flooded Gym for Gymnast

US champion can't let anything distract her in Olympic trials

(Newser) - When storms inundated Shawn Johnson's hometown of West Des Moines, they also left a foot of water in her gym. But the 16-year-old couldn't use that as an excuse to take a break from workouts: The reigning world champion gymnast was preparing for this week’s Olympic trials, the Houston ... More »

Putin Blasts Remarriage Rumors

Russian prez denies he's divorcing to wed ex-gymnast

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin moved swiftly to put to rest rumors he was planning to divorce his wife to marry a 24-year-old former gymnast and current member of parliament. During a visit to Italy, the lame duck Russian president assured reporters that there was "not a single word of truth" to... More »

Star Gymnast Attracts Fans and Sponsors

Coke, Adidas love 16-year-old gold medal favorite

(Newser) - Corporate sponsors like Adidas and Coca-Cola are latching onto a tiny gymnast with a towering talent named Shawn Johnson, the Washington Post reports. The smiling 16-year-old shares "brand attributes" with Coca-Cola like "genuine" and "fun," one exec says. She is also the world's reigning gymnastics champion... More »

Rookie Gymnast Vaults Her Rep

Shawn Johnson steals the spotlight

(Newser) - The USA Gymnastics team is rolling out a new megastar for Beijiing 2008: Shawn Johnson, a 4'10" 15-year-old who's been racking up gold medals at national and international championships even while finishing high school. But Johnson has only been on the national team for 10 months, and she's still getting... More »

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