I'd believe it if that what she actually looked like... She looks to be in great shape, just not 6-pack-abs which seems to be standard for elite gymnasts. I applaud her for coming back from a big injury... There is still plenty of time to get routines going, but no matter what happens, just making the serious effort to come back is admirable. She knows she can't just keep racking in the endorsements without actually be an athlete, and she seems to really be committing herself to gymnastics. Good for her.
even when she was in peak form, her stomach didnt look like that.
Goodness you're bitter. What did Shawn Johnson ever do to you? You're acting like she is still in the shape she was in a year ago, in reality shes probably not that far off from that shape. If she were Nike would never had her pose in just a sports bra anyways. No matter how bad of shape you believe her to be in it is undeniable she has improved leaps and bounds since last may and has shown signifigant improvement since January. She was still wearing baggy tshirts and long sleave shirts a month ago for peats sake. I respected the last few months for supporting Nastia and Shawns comebacks and criticzing them when appropriate, but now you are just being a hater. Smh.
Not being a hater...pointing out that the photo is edited. It is just edited. She isn't in that shape yet. Not saying she is fat, but that photo editor was very kind to her. It is especially topical since she just had issues w her fitness level at camp. I still support both comebacks. Both will and have hit roadblocks. Shawn has a similar struggle to Zmeskal in 94/95.
Not a fan.
Can you tell me who photoshopped this? I would love them to work on my photo. Maybe they could get my fat ass to look as in shape.
Yeah, I agree with anon at 7:30. You're bitter because, deep down, you know that Nastia isn't going to be coming back and you'll be forced to recognize Shawn's talent and drive. Plus, you've always hated Shawn. I can't wait to see you criticize the shit out of her when she goes back to the Olys. That will just eat.you.up. It will be glorious.
There are ways to state the obvious(that the photo was photoshopped) without sounding like you are praying for her knee to give out. Yes nothing you said was false, but the implication in the tone of your writing is probably what is rubbing people the wrong way. How you say things is just as important as what you say.
I mean, its hard to criticize her too much considering how much work she actually has/had to do for this comeback to be successful. Yea shes not at or near peak for yet, but its March 2011 for crying out loud. Just look at pictures of her from Novemeber 2010, no one would even dream of having her pose in a sports bra. Give the poor girl a break, I wish I could look half that good in a photoshopped picture for crying out loud. And her fitness level will come, and just off her twitter it doesn't sound like shes sitting around the house all day eating potato chips and throwing a cartwheel and calling it a day. She is obviously in the gym working hard, while also balancing that with keeping herself and her knee healthy. It will take time and she will get there. No need to rush into perfect shape and risk over doing it 8 months before worlds and 500 days before the Olympics.
Yeah she didhttp://a11news.com/images/shawn-johnson-bikini.jpg
PHOTOSHOPpED ANON 8:50 PHOTOSHOPPED!!! Shawn Johnson had a deal with NBC during the 08 Olympics and nationals and trials, they photoshopped her the whole time! No one knows what the real SJ looks like!
LOL. People need to relax! Aunt Joyce is pointing out the obvious - SJ is nowhere near as in shape as this photoshop pic would show. The rest of the general public will be fooled but its absurd to fool day-to-day gymnastic followers. I'm sure SJ is working hard and kudos for her for really trying for 2012 instead of stringing us along (like Nastia) but come on this pic is laughable.
anon 8:50 it's a totally different muscle structure.
Like Nastia, Shawn is a celebrity and is all about publicity. I'm keeping an open mind about this so-called comeback. I'll have to see it to really believe it.Sarah!
It's stupid to expect an adveritising picture would NOT be photoshopped.
I wishall my photos were photoshopped like that :-)
It may be photoshopped but I have not/will not for one minute doubt that her comeback is genuine and not just a publicity stunt! There are about 10 million other ways she could have made some money that didn't invovle working her ass off to get back into gymnastics shape. She could very well be close to this shape anyhow, it is possible to be in shape and struggling with skills. After all, she did grow and tear up her knee during her time off! No need to be a hater, give the girl a break!!!
I'm guessing any professional photos of Nastia have her acne, shininess, and double chin photoshopped out, so she and Shawn are even.
why does someone have to bring up nastia everytmie theres a story about shawn, or vice versa? not everyone who hates on shawn is a nastia fan.
Speaking of Shawn what the hell is she doing in Washington DC? And why did John Rothesburger tell her to do her thing?Also, that Nike deal is one of the endorsements that girls like Bross or Wieber would be getting if they had any personality at all. They are losing out on a lot of money with these comebacks and the fact they are boring.
Anon at 9:36 - I don't hate Nastia. In fact, I prefer her gymnastics over Shawn any day of the week. But let's not pretend she's not a wonder of Photoshop. Anyone who appears in advertisements, gymnast or otherwise, gets Photoshopped. Just the way it is.
And, further, bringing up Nastia on Dave's blog is completely appropriate. He would snort her if he could.
anon 9:36 didnt accuse anyone of hating nastia. he simply asked why she was mentioned at all, when the post has nothing to do with her.
i dont get why everyone thinks AJ is in love with Nastia. as a Shawn fan, I get upset too when he makes fun of Shawn. but i'm also a Nastia fan, and i've been upset about AJ makeing fun of her too. he's made fun of her hair and sarcastically called her the savior. and maybe i'm thinking of another blog, but i seem to remember AJ saying that Nastia's GK photoshoots looked photoshoped.
He has made no secret of his love for Nastia and ALL things Soviet/Russian.
anon 1:29, so, why does he make fun of her then?
I would say he takes shots at Nastia, but it's evident that he's not as quick to find fault with her and her bullshit PR tactics as he is with someone like Shawn. He's just biased, that's all. We all are.
I agree with Anon @ 2:10. Nine times out of ten, the potshots will be taken at Shawn, not Nastia.
Stop chasing each others rear ends about how the dude talks. Bottom line is SJ has still not reduced her body fat sufficiently. And she has had plenty of time to do so. It doesn't take training to reduce body fat, it takes changing your calorie intake. I get so sick of people who thing going running makes you skinny. People in wheelchairs lose weight. And I can go for a very hard job and then have a beer and blog the whole thing. Double the veggies and eliminate the bread. She will be stuffed and lose weight. Alicia got it done. Heck Chelsie got it done prior to 2008. Bodyfat has a huge performance aspect on gymnastics skills.This has nothing to do with the twinkletoes andro fashion image. This has to do with an easy aspect of athletic performance that Shawn has not mastered. She has enough things going against her (knee, age, luck, height, competitors, 3 leap rule). But this is something she can totally dial in...and she hasn't.That shows a real lack of brains. She very much SHOULD have gotten a good nutritionist. The stupidity of thinking that a year of kickboxing will help her is just moronic.Look bicyclists, bodybuilders, etc. all over the world (even at very amateur levels) CONTROL their bodyfat. There is no reason why Shawn can't or shouldn't. She needs that nutritionist like YESTERDAY. If Paul Hamm realized he needed to be at 5% instead of 7%, he would PUT IT THERE. Like a DART. And if they said put it back up to 6%, he would put it THERE. And probably manage very well even without a nutritionist. But if he had Shawn's money and opportunity, there is no doubt in my mind, that even as meticulous as he is, he would get the nutriotist also.Shawney J is blowing it. Alica rocked the rudy last summer because she dropped fat. It's that simple!
All the negativity surrounding this photo is disgusting. Shawn has worked harder in her short life than most of you lazy idiots ever will. Give the girl a break.
She has always been a hard worker in the gym. But there are a lots of athletes at all levels who are hard workers. Shawn is where she is because of innate talent. Now she has to dial in her body fat and she should have been able to do that in a couple months. The lack of control of weight is not something that is admirable in terms of athletic discipline. This is an area for her to work hard...and she's not.She would probably have that FTDLO on competitive floor if she had taken more fat off her ass.
How the heck do you know what her body fat is like? Or how much body fat she has lost? Or what her diet even is? You are spouting off about something you know nothing about.
If they did photoshop it which Im sure they did why are the pants so ill fitting??? If she has that much trouble fitting pants, make some for her custom, those dont look right and the whole angle is odd, she'll lose the weight and dial it in, she hasn't been back ALL that long, give her a break really don't you think there are nutritionists at camp that help them??? The only thing she needs to learn is how to stop using twitter so darn much about her life fitness etc she opens up to so much scrutiny by divulging so much.
True, but I also doubt she really cares about what a bunch of random nobodys on blogs and message boards think about her.
She looks good. So what if it's photoshopped? Who cares. Photo ads are ALWAYS airbrushed, etc. Like that's news.
Has anyone on here actually seen Shawn in person lately? How are all of you so sure she's not as fit as she looks in the photo? Rehabbing her knee for months probably gave her more time to work on conditioning in other areas - such as her core. Even if the picture is photoshopped, my guess is it's not too far off, and her abs probably still look a lot better than the average persons!
lol, as if dropping body fat is the key to getting a full twisting double layout. Shawn has never even done a double layout in competition before. If she never competes the full twisting double, I'll assume it's more because of shoddy technique rather than because of her body fat percentage.
Shawn's photos in DC (where she labeled the Capitol Building as the White House) showed her not looking in the same fitness level as the Nike photo. Plus, everyone at camp said that the photo was clearly airbrushed, as the national staff TOLD her to lose weight, get in shape and get some damn routines.
You couldn't even seen SJ body in those pictures for crying out loud. Put anyone in those polos and khakis and they would look 25 pounds heavier. Most unflatering clothing out there. Anyways people who were at camp are saying that they are having SJ requalify elite at the next camp and then qualify for classics at the camp after.
@Anonymous 5:43PM - What did 'everyone' at camp say to Nastia? Stop traveling and get your butt back into the gym?? Inquiring minds want to know! :D
@TCO aka GRRIn 5 years Paul Hamm will be wider than he is tall. Maybe even before.
If he's still competing 5 year from now (I doubt it, shoulder worries me, but if he is), his bf% will be managed to give him the best shot to win. If he's no longer in training, it's irrelevant to his athletic performance. This isn't about pillorying Shawn for being fat in appearance or health or any of that. It's about what bf% gives her best chance to win. If she's not managing that she's stupid or weak. She can't do that much about the fucked knee or the 3 leap rule. But body composition is something entirely under her control.
@anonymous Mar 15, 7.15"Even when she was in peak form her stomach didn't look that good."I beg to differ. Please lay off the drugs:http://www.thehotjoints.com/2008/08/27/the-obligatory-usa-womens-gymnastics-team-bikini-pictures/
I'm sure it's photoshopped a little because there is no advertising nowadays without at least a little airbrushing. No one is perfect. However, for those saying that this is not Shawn's real muscle structure, or the way her body looks, you're wrong. Here's a video showing her in this same bra with the same stomach - can you photoshop a video? Not to my knowledge.Pause at 0:22http://www.gymnastike.org/speaker/1688-Shawn-Johnson/video/494184-Shawn-Johnson-Balancing-Business-and-SportOne last thing - Shawn is in pretty dang good shape, and I would bet a million dollars that she's in better shape than most of ya'll haters. So, before you say something to bring her down, why don't you go prance around in a bra and leggings and we'll see if you look any better. Quit it with the negativity. Some of the comments (and especially the post) on this page make me sick. Grow up.