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Shawn Johnson Flips Olympic Role

by Paige Feigenbaum 1:11 AM PDT, July 01, 2012
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Shawn Johnson cartwheeled into America's heart with her high-flying tumbling passes and beaming smile during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. The golden girl announced her retirement from the sport just a few weeks ago due to a nagging knee injury. But, she's still London-bound this summer as a P&G correspondent.

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"I don't think I'm going to mind being on the other side of the camera, getting to ask the questions. I'm a very curious person," she told ET of her new gig earlier this week at the U.S. Olympic Trials in San Jose, CA.

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With the pressure of fierce competition off her muscular shoulders, the Dancing With the Stars champ is looking forward to savoring every moment of the Olympic experience at this year's games. It is admittedly "rough" for Shawn to be sidelined while her former opponents and teammates continue to chase their dreams, but, "my standard and my bar was set so high that knowing where I was and how far I had left to get back to 2008 and what I was then. I'm a perfectionist. I didn't want to let myself compete before I knew I was at my best and I still had a ways to go to get there."

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Jordyn Wieber is well on her way to securing a place on Team USA with Shawn's training partner Gabby Douglas just a pointed toe behind. Returning Olympians Nastia Liukin and Alicia Sacramone are working hard to impress coach Marta Karolyi, who will ultimately name the team of five women later Sunday night after the second day of competition concludes. Bridget Sloan disappointingly was forced to scratch from the meet.

Watch NBC tonight to see the women vault into Olympic superstardom.

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