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Miss America pageant will have ABC pre-show Sunday night

Miss America pageant will have ABC pre-show Sunday night

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Sept. 9 (UPI) --ABC says it plans to air a special program called "Countdown to Miss America" before the iconic beauty pageant begins Sunday night.
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Derek Hough injures back; may not dance Monday night

Derek Hough injures back; may not dance Monday night

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Professional "Dancing with the Stars" dancer Derek Hough injured his back and may not perform on the Los Angeles show Monday, UsMagazine.com said.
Valerie Harper gets the boot on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Valerie Harper gets the boot on 'Dancing with the Stars'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Cancer-stricken actress Valerie Harper and her professional partner Tristan MacManus were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles Monday night.
Bill Nye injures knee on 'Dancing with the Stars,' may need surgery

Bill Nye injures knee on 'Dancing with the Stars,' may need surgery

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Bill Nye "the Science Guy" hurt his knee while performing on "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles Monday night, ABC said Tuesday.
Keyshawn Johnson gets the boot on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Keyshawn Johnson gets the boot on 'Dancing with the Stars'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Professional football player Keyshawn Johnson became the first celebrity eliminated from Season 17 of "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles Monday night.
Valerie Harper to compete on 'Dancing with the Stars,' ABC confirms

Valerie Harper to compete on 'Dancing with the Stars,' ABC confirms

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Valerie Harper, Christina Milian, Keyshawn Johnson, Elizabeth Berkley and Amber Riley are to compete on Season 17 of "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles.
Keyshawn Johnson: Justin Bieber drove recklessly through neighborhood

Keyshawn Johnson: Justin Bieber drove recklessly through neighborhood

CALABASAS, Calif., June 1 (UPI) -- Former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson said he saw Justin Bieber driving his Ferrari recklessly in California, though the pop star's camp said a friend was driving.
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Melissa Rycroft wins 'Dancing'

Melissa Rycroft wins 'Dancing'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Reality TV personality Melissa Rycroft and her professional dance partner, Tony Dovolani, won "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles Tuesday night.
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Ohno, Smith get the boot from 'DWTS'

Ohno, Smith get the boot from 'DWTS'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Apolo Ohno, Emmitt Smith and their professional dance partners were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles Tuesday night.
Kirstie Alley, Gilles Marini get the boot on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Kirstie Alley, Gilles Marini get the boot on 'Dancing with the Stars'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Kirstie Alley and Gilles Marini and their respective professional dance partners have been eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles.
Bryan, Van Amstel get the boot on 'DWTS'

Bryan, Van Amstel get the boot on 'DWTS'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Singer Sabrina Bryan and her professional dance partner Louis Van Amstel have been eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles.
Rycroft 'Dancing' again after neck injury

Rycroft 'Dancing' again after neck injury

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Melissa Rycroft performed on "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles Monday night after suffering a herniated disc in her upper neck during the weekend.
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USA's Shawn Johnson performs in the Floor event of the Women's Individual All-Around Gymnastics Final at the National Indoor Stadium at the Summer Olympics in Beijing on August 15, 2008. Johnson won the silver medal and teammate Nastia Liukin won the gold. (UPI Photo/Pat Benic)
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Shawn Machel Johnson (born January 19, 1992) is an American artistic gymnast. She was the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist and all-around, and floor exercise silver medalist, the 2007 all-around World Champion, and the 2007 and 2008 U.S. all-around champion. She also won the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars.

Johnson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, the only child of Doug and Teri Johnson. Her parents enrolled her in a gymnastics class at age three after they noticed her climbing cabinets and jumping off tables. At age six, Johnson was one of Liang Chow's first students when he opened a gymnastics school in West Des Moines.

Through 2008, Johnson maintained a more balanced lifestyle than typical of elite female gymnasts. She limited her gymnastics training to 25 hours per week, as opposed to the more typical 40 hours. Also unlike many of her peers, she went to a public school, Valley High School. She was on the honor roll, attended football games, and participated in extra-curriculars.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Shawn Johnson."
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