Dancing with the Athletes

37 days ago

A new season of "Dancing with the Stars" -- featuring Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Amy Purdy, Diana Nyad and Sean Avery -- is set to open Monday. In honor of Season 18's sporty cast, we look back at some of the show's top-performing athletes from years pas Read more ...

A new perspective on a familiar sport

391 days ago

Go watch a varsity cheerleading competition, and give me one reason why it shouldn’t be an Olympic sport. I’m serious. Cheerleaders possess many of the same skills as gymnasts but with an added element of difficulty: When they do handstands and flips, they are often doing them over another cheerleader’s hands, not on solid, immovable ground. Read more ...

In the end, I just ran out of time

681 days ago

Ten years ago, my coach, Liang Chow, did a gutsy thing: He sent a video of me doing gymnastics to National Team Coordinator Martha Karolyi with a note that said something like, "I think this girl can really help Team USA. Read more ...

I was always trying to be a few pounds lighter

699 days ago

Four years ago, I was standing on an Olympic podium, wearing a gold medal, and still thinking to myself how I could have been better. It had nothing to do with my performance -- it was all how I looked. Read more ...

An inside look at training camp

742 days ago

Shawn Johnson is blogging for espnW throughout her training for the Olympics in London this summer. Say "camp" to an ordinary kid and she'll probably tell you about bonfires and sing-alongs and arts and crafts. Read more ...

Shawn Johnson in the driver's seat

780 days ago

Shawn Johnson was just 16 when she won four gymnastics medals in Beijing. Now she's trying for London, and this time she's the one making decisions about her training. Read more ...

Shawn Johnson rehabbing, eyeing London

806 days ago

Two years after tearing her ACL, Shawn Johnson is learning to trust her knee again and hoping to rebuild her skills to land on the Olympic team. Read more ...

Shawn Johnson posts mixed performance

899 days ago

The Pan Am Games marked the gymnast's first international meet since the 2008 Olympics. She won two medals, but also struggled in her best event. Read more ...