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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Shawn Johnson

United States gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson will speak at Northwest at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6.

Nov. 9, 2010

Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson to speak at Northwest

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University will welcome United States gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson next month for a lecture sponsored by the University's Student Activities Council.

Johnson is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6 in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Due to high interest in the lecture, SAC is requiring tickets to attend. Tickets for students are available at the Student Services Desk on the first floor of the Administration Building. Any remaining tickets will be available to the public beginning Monday, Nov. 29. All tickets are free.

TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie had been scheduled to speak at Northwest on the same date but backed out because of scheduling conflict. SAC said it hopes to reschedule Mycoskie's lecture during the spring trimester.

Johnson will discuss her experiences at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, as well as her training for the 2012 Olympics.

"We wanted to bring a speaker who is appealing to athletes at Northwest and the whole Northwest community," SAC lecture chair Angela Wasko said. "People know of Shawn Johnson because of her performance in the 2008 Olympics and she is from the Midwest."

Johnson, who was raised in West Des Moines, Iowa, began competing at age 7 and eventually reached the elite level, qualifying for the U.S. National Team. At age 16, she placed first in the Olympic Trials and secured a spot on the 2008 Olympic Team.

At the 2008 summer games in Beijing, Johnson led the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team to a silver medal, in addition to claiming individual silver medals in the all-around and floor competitions. She earned an individual gold medal on the balance beam.

Johnson has since become one of the most recognizable and popular Olympic athletes in the country. She has won multiple Teen Choice awards and last year was crowned champion on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468