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Johnson, Hambuchen named Gymnasts of the Year

February 11, 2008

2007 World Champion Shawn Johnson2007 World Champion Shawn Johnson and world runner-up Fabian Hambuchen are International Gymnast Magazine’s Gymnasts of the Year, IG publisher and International Gymnastics Hall of Fame CEO Paul Ziert announced on the magazine’s website today.

Johnson, who went virtually undefeated all last year, has racked up nearly as many honors. She and coach Liang Chow were given keys to the city of Des Moines, Iowa, and Iowa Governor Chet Culver proclaimed Oct. 17, 2007 as Shawn Johnson Day.

Germany's Fabian Hambuchen

Hambuchen was named Germany’s Sportsman of the Year in December.

Also nominated for Gymnast of the Year were two-time U.S. champion Nastia Liukin, Brazil’s Jade Barbosa, China’s Cheng Fei and Romania’s Steliana Nistor for the women, and 2007 World Champion Yang Wei, U.S. standout Jonathan Horton, Japan’s Hisashi Mizutori and Slovenia’s Mitja Petkovsek for the men.