West Des Moines native Shawn Johnson’s first medal at the summer Olympics is a silver. The gymnast and her U.S. teammates finished second to host China in the women’s team competition.
Johnson was solid throughout but two falls by Alicia Sacramone on the balance beam and floor exercise sealed the American’s fate. Sacramone fell off the balance beam at the start of her routine then fell during her floor program.
Johnson still has three more chances to earn gold at these Olympics. Next up it is the all-around finals in which she is the reigning world champion.