Shawn Johnson Upset in Floor Exercise Final

For the second time this week, Shawn Johnson could taste the gold medal in the Olympics, only to fall just short and take the silver.

From the Associated Press:

Two days after Nastia Liukin edged Johnson for the all-around title, Romania’s Sandra Izbasa — the very last competitor — grabbed the floor exercise gold that was almost in the American’s hands.

After Johnson went in the unenviable first spot Sunday night and saw her 15.50 stand up through six other finalists, including Liukin, only Izbasa remained. But the Romanian wowed the judges with her soaring somersaults and solid landings, earning a 15.65.

That left Johnson, the 2007 world champion, with three silver medals in Beijing, and gave Liukin, who took bronze, one of each. Not a bad haul, with more event finals to come.

Johnson, gracious as always, wore a bright smile all night, and gave several competitors big hugs when they finished their routines. She barely flinched when Izbasa’s mark came up, and the 16-year-old American also had a hug for the winner.

It has been amazing to watch all of the events at the Summer Olympics so far in 2008. The competition has been fierce and there has been high drama in so many of the events. This is what the Olympics is all about and I only hope that week two will be as exciting as week one. Thoughts?

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