Reigning world champ Johnson the favorite with gymnasts

By: Journal Sports Staff
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One name dominated discussion of Olympic gymnastics favorites this week at Auburn Gymnastics Center. U.S. star Shawn Johnson was the overwhelming pick to win gold among the young gymnasts. Of the 45 gymnasts surveyed Thursday, 32 picked Johnson to win the all-around while 10 chose Nastia Liuken and three said they didn’t care. Johnson is admired both for her physical ability and her relentless, upbeat attitude. “Even though she gets a lot of press and stuff, she’s still not stuck up,” said Ceirra Foster. “Shawn Johnson is the best gymnast out of them all,” Haley Christenson said. “I will probably watch all of the Olympics and I look forward to seeing Shawn Johnson do floor and beam and Nastia Liuken on the bars. Those are their strong events.” Women’s qualifying events begin on Sunday.