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Here’s What The 2008 Women’s Gymnastics Team Is Up To Today

Remember Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin and the rest of the 2008 Beijing games team?

If you watched the 2008 Olympics, then you know that the USA women’s gymnastics team was absolutely robbed of a gold medal. Beset by injuries, the team nonetheless did their best. But have you ever wondered where Bridget Sloan, Alicia Sacramone, Samantha Peszek, Chellsie Memmel, Nastia Liukin, and Shawn Johnson are up to today?

Shawn Johnson

Johnson won silver in the all-around competition, a gold on balance beam and a silver on floor routine in 2008.

Today, Johnson has competed twice on Dancing With the Stars and published a book this year called The Flip Side, about a girl who pretends to be a regular teenager but is secretly an amazing gymnast

She’s also happily married.

Chellsie Memmel

Poor Chellsie broke her ankle while training in Beijing JUST before the games began—it was rough. She still competed on the uneven bars in the team final, however.

Today, Chellsie is retired from gymnastics after failing to make the 2012 Olympic team. She was married in 2013, and the couple had their first child last year.

Happy 4th from my family to yours! ❤️???

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Bridget Sloan

Sloan was the youngest member on the 2008 team. While she wasn’t even supposed to compete in the games, she became a crucial player after two girls suffered last-minute injuries.

 

Sloan graduated from the University of Florida this year with a degree in communications.


She competed in gymnastics all four years at school, despite failing to qualify for the 2012 Olympics after an elbow injury.

10 years from now I hope I can still do this ?

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Samantha Peszek

Initially slated to compete in all four events in Beijing, Samantha hurt her ankle a mere 2o minutes before the team’s qualification. The 2008 girls had some seriously bad luck! She did manage to compete on the uneven bars in the team final, but that was her only event.

In 2015, Samatha won the NCAA gymnastics all-around at UCLA, where she from graduated last year. Today, she still does some gymnastics commentating.

Alicia Sacramone

Alicia came in fourth on vault in the 2008 Olympics, a disappointing finish for the team.

She tried and failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympics, and instead became a co-founder of fitness inspiration The Gympire.


Alicia was inducted into the Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2016 and had a baby while the opening ceremonies were happening in Rio this year!

Nastia Liukin

In 2008, Nastia won bronze on floor and a silver each on beam and bars, earning her the all-around champion for the women’s team. After the ’08 games, she continued to compete in gymnastics but failed to make the 2012 team.

This year, she graduated from New York University with a degree in sports management. She’s also doing gymnastics commentating this year in Rio.

?? @nyuniversity

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