American Johnson wins all-around gold; Liukin places fifth

Updated: September 7, 2007, 9:35 PM ET
Associated Press

STUTTGART, Germany -- The entire arena serenaded Shawn Johnson with applause, and a United Nations worth of gymnasts paid her homage.

"Congratulations," her coach told her, "you're the world champion."

She soaked it all in with a big smile of wonder and delight, accepting the cheers with the grace of the queen she now is. But it wasn't until she finally saw her parents and felt their arms wrapped around her that the magnitude of what she'd accomplished hit.


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