Shawn Johnson – post-competition interview in Beijing during 2008 Olympics

Shawn Johnson – post-competition interview in Beijing during 2008 Olympics


♪♪>>>AS PROMISED WE’RE LIVE WITH THE NEWLY CROWNED BALANCE BEAM CHAMPION, SHAWN JOHNSON AND HER COACH, LIANG CHOW AND BELA KAROLYI IS HERE. YOU WERE NOT FEELING WELL? BEFORE THE BEAM, HEADACHE, STOMACH, ACHE, RIGHT?>>I’VE BEEN QUESTIONING MYSELF PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY TO MY LIMIT FOR A LONG TIME NOW, SO IT WAS KIND OF EXPECTED, BUT I WASN’T FEELING TOO NORMAL AND THANKS TO CHOW, HE PUSHED ME THROUGH IT AND I GOT TO BEAM AND I JUST — I WENT UP THERE AND I HIT MY ROUTINE. >>CHOW, WHAT DID YOU SAY TO HER?>>GREAT JOB, SHAWN. I’M REALLY PROUD OF YOU. >>THAT IS AFTER. WHAT BEFORE DID YOU SAY TO HER?>>DO YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW? NO. I SAID THAT, SHAWN, PLEASE, WAKE UP. AND, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE SHE — SHE WORKED SO HARD FROM THE VERY BEGINNING AND SHE NEVER MADE — MISSED — MADE MISTAKES AND I THINK PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY SHE WAS A LITTLE BIT TIRED, SO WE STARTED TO WORK OUT AND JUST COULDN’T GET HER TO THE POINT I WANT HER TO BE. I THINK WE HAVE DONE WARM-UP ROOM FIVE TO SEVEN ROUTINES! JUST TRYING TO GET WHERE I WANT HER TO BE. FINALLY, SHE SHOWED ME A BEAUTIFUL WARM-UP IN THE WARM-UP GYM. I SAID, SHAWN, YOU ARE READY. I FEEL LIKE THAT HELPED HER CONFIDENCE UP. >>RIGHT.>>YOU HAD WON THE THREE SILVERS. YOU HAD DONE WELL BY ANY MEASURE, BUT, OF COURSE, YOU WANTED TO END WITH THE GOLD, THEN AFTER DOING SO WELL ON YOUR ROUTINE, WHICH HAD A VERY HARD START VALUE, WHICH WAS THE DIFFERENCE ULTIMATELY BETWEEN YOU AND NASTIA, YOU KNEW YOU WERE IN FIRST PLACE BUT HAD TO WATCH THE OTHERS GO, INCLUDING NASTIA. WHAT WAS THAT LIKE?>>TO SEE MY SCORE COME UP AND GET SUCH A HIGH SCORE, IT DID MAKE ME FEEL REALLY GOOD AND I FELT LIKE I COULD HOLD IT BUT NASTIA IS THE REIGNING WORLD CHAMPION ON BEAM AND SHE HAS AN AMAZING ROUTINE. I KNEW IF SHE WENT UP AND HIT, THEN SHE WOULD HAVE A REALLY GOOD CHANCE. I DIDN’T REALLY CARE WHERE I STOOD. I KNEW I FINISHED OFF MY EXPERIENCE AS BEST AS I COULD AND I NEVER — >>BOTH SHE AND HER DAD AND COACH VALERI SAID IT WAS RIGHT. IT WAS IT THE APPROPRIATE CONCLUSION AND THEY FELT GOOD YOU GOT YOUR GOLD AND SHE HAS HERS IN THE ALL-AROUND AND SHE GOT SILVER. THIS IS COOL.>>IT’S BEEN THE BEST OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE EVER. I THINK THE USA WENT OUT AND JUST REPRESENTED THE BEST THEY COULD. WE CAME HOME WITH SO MANY MEDALS AND WE JUST — WE FEEL SO PROUD AND HONORED. SO IT’S BEEN — IT’S BEEN PERFECT. >>EIGHT MEDALS FOR THE U.S. WOMEN, BELA. SIX FOR CHINA.>>I BELIEVE THIS IS THE PROOF. THE LIVING PROOF THAT USA IS STILL THE BEST GYMNASTIC NATION IN THE WORLD ON WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS. >>YOU ARE COMPLETELY OBJECTIVE ON THIS SUBJECT?>>THAT’S RIGHT, THAT’S RIGHT, THAT’S RIGHT. I CAN’T HOLD IT BACK. YOU KNOW, THAT’S PROOF AND FINALLY, FINALLY, AFTER ALL THE SETBACKS WE MANAGED TO DO IT ON THE VERY, VERY LAST EVENT, WHICH IS THE TOUGHEST EVENT. WE CALL IT THE PERFECT EVENT, THE BEAM. STILL THE BEST GYMNASTS AND BEST PREPARED GYMNASTS AND BEST FOCUSED GYMNASTS MANAGED TO DO WHAT THEY HAD TO DO IN ORDER TO ANCHOR THE GOLD. OF COURSE, THIS IS COMING TO PRAISE, THE HARD-WORKING CLUBS, COACHES AND ATHLETES ALIKE, WORKING SO HARD BEHIND ATHLETES. SO OVERALL THE GREAT, GREAT MOMENT FOR THE WOMEN GYMNASTICS IN THE UNITED STATES. >>SPEAKING OF WHICH, SHAWN WAS 6 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE WALKED INTO CHOW GYMNASTICS IN WEST DES MOINES, IOWA. >>RIGHT. >>WHAT KIND OF CONVERGENCE IS THIS? HERE YOU ARE FROM BEIJING. YOU SET UP YOUR GYMNASTICS SCHOOL IN WEST DES MOINES, IOWA! THERE SHE IS. NOW THE TWO OF YOU, ULTIMATELY, COME TO YOUR HOME NATION FOR THE OLYMPICS.>>IT’S CRAZY. IT’S CRAZY. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU THINK BACK, SHE WALK IN THE GYM, DAY ONE, AND JUST I SAY, LITTLE TOOTHLESS LITTLE GIRL AND SHE BOUNCED UP TO THE UNEVEN BARS WITHOUT EVEN INTRODUCING HERSELF TO ME. AND, RIGHT NOW, TEN YEARS LATER, HERE IS OLYMPIC CHAMPION. >>HOW DO YOUR COUNTRYMEN REACT? YOU ARE NOW COACHING A RIVAL. HOW DO THEY REACT TO YOU AND THE SUCCESS YOU’VE HAD HERE?>>I THINK THEY ARE VERY PROUD OF MY SUCCESS AND IN AMERICA AND SO PROUD OF MYSELF TO HAVE THIS KIND OF QUALITY GYMNASTS. >>SHAWN, WHEN YOU CAME IN HERE EARLIER, WE WERE WATCHING THE PLAYBACK FROM LAST NIGHT AND YOU GOT HERE IN TIME TO SEE YOUR OWN ROUTINE AND THE MEDAL CEREMONY, BUT YOU ALSO SAW YOUR MOM AND DAD EMBRACE AFTER IT WAS CLEAR THAT YOU HAD WON THE GOLD MEDAL. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING AS YOU WATCHED THAT?>>I DIDN’T SEE THAT LAST NIGHT, SO TO SEE IT TODAY, REALLY, IT REALLY TOUCHED ME. >>THERE IT IS. >>I MEAN, I DON’T KNOW. IT JUST TO SEE THEM SO HAPPY AND SO PROUD, IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD AND THEIR MY BIGGEST FANS, MY BIGGEST SUPPORTERS AND TO HAVE THEM THERE WAS JUST — IT MEANT THE WORLD TO ME. >>OBVIOUSLY, WE’RE IN THE CLOSE TO IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH, BUT I’M COMPELLED TO ASK. 2012, LONDON? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS RIGHT NOW?>>ONE DAY AT A TIME, BUT HONESTLY, THIS OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN THE BEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED TO ME. JUST THE EMOTIONS AND THE FEELINGS THAT I’VE GOTTEN, IT’S JUST — IT’S INDESCRIBABLE, AND IF IF I COULD REALLY GET THAT FEELING AGAIN, I WOULD DEFINITELY WORK FOR IT, AND I’D GIVE ANYTHING TO BE IN 2012. >>YOU HAVE YOUR HANDS COLLAPSED BUT THAT IS YOUR GOLD MEDAL AROUND YOUR NECK AND THE THREE SILVERS ARE HERE ON THE COUCH. CRIS COLLINSWORTH WAS FASCINATED BY THIS. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE SITTING FORWARD BUT YOU’VE GROWN IN THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS BUT YOUR FEET ARE NOW TOUCHING THE FLOOR! SO THAT’S GOOD. CONGRATULATIONS. ONE MORE EVENT FINAL. IT’S THE HIGH BAR AND IT’S AFTER THIS.

5 Replies to “Shawn Johnson – post-competition interview in Beijing during 2008 Olympics”

  1. God touched Shawn Johnson with an amazing array of gifts to help successful. He also blessed her with a large scoop of humility thankfulness and very large sense of family.

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