Iowa Gymnast Tumbles Toward Olympic Glory

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Shawn Johnson performs on the uneven bars at the 2008 Tyson American Cup on March 1, 2008, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Chris Trotman/Getty Images hide caption

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Shawn Johnson performs on the uneven bars.

Shawn Johnson performs on the uneven bars at the 2008 Tyson American Cup on March 1, 2008, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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You've probably never heard of Shawn Johnson, especially if you live outside of Iowa. But the 16-year-old gymnast from West Des Moines is the reigning World All-Around champion and is considered one of the favorites to win gold at the Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Jeneane Beck reports for Iowa Public Radio.

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