[quote=danielfillmore]thats crazy! shawn is very skilled, imagine if she did practice more![/quote]
You have to be careful about the poundings in gymnastics, over-stressing your body, and also your mind too, and burning out - it's good to do other things too and not always just focus on one thing and feel like you're missing out on other things that you would like to do. With careful planning and smart training and the good eficient training like Shawn is able to get with coach attention and good appratus availability to her you can do it - she even goes to public school.
[quote]Johnson said she has focused hard on gymnastics this summer, although she has taken time to go swimming and to the movies with friends.
She trains about 24 hours a week at Chow's Gymnastics in West Des Moines - and would do more if he would let her.
"She is a kid who loves gymnastics," he said. "She wouldn't mind doing it 24 hours a day. But at this stage, it's not recreational. It's a job. It requires a higher level of commitment.
"She not only dreams things in her head, she's smart enough to pursue it."[/quote]
from the topic "US picks 2007 Pan Am Team": http://www.gymchat.com/messageboards/viewtopic.php?t=942
(scroll down the page)