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August 15, 2008


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Oh, I hear you about the ages of the Chinese gymnastics and the scoring! Ugh!

Those of us in Iowa are SO proud of Shawn - isn't that smile just beautiful? And, she is such a nice girl too. Last night was Nastia's night to shine. She is such a beautiful performer. Our girls did us proud and it is so good to see them becoming better friends.

Meg Waite Clayton

Shawn Johnson was amazingly gracious last night in taking second to her friend. As was Dara Torres, in breaking from her own pre-race moment to alert the officials that one of her competitors needed a minute to change a ripped suit. I was so please to see her take the silver tonight, at 41! These kinds of moments definitely inspire me the way the best of books do.


Athletes twice their age could learn a thing or two about good sportsmanship from these young ladies. (Yes, I'm looking at you, Ara Abrahamian.) To see them support each other like that was the true embodiment of the Olympic spirit.

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