Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Shawn Johnson ready for her closeup

Shawn Johnson is ready for her closeup ...

Shawn Johnson ready for her closeup

Shawn Johnson is ready for her closeup ...

The next American darling of women's gymnastics will compete on all four apparatus in the team finals Wednesday morning (Tuesday night in prime time in the U.S.).

The top eight teams from the qualifications on Sunday compete, although the scores do not carry over. The U.S. team trailed the host Chinese by 1.475 points.

Here is the lineup for the Americans:

Vault: Bridget Sloan, Shawn Johnson, Alicia Sacramone

Uneven bars: Chellsie Memmel, Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin

Balance beam: Alicia Sacramone, Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson

Floor exercise: Alicia Sacramone, Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson

The women's all-around final comes Thursday night in the states (Friday morning in Beijing).

 

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SAM DONNELLON's career began in Biddeford, Me., in 1981, and has included stops in Wilkes-Barre, Norfolk, and New York, where he worked as a national writer for the short-lived but highly acclaimed National Sports Daily. He has received state and national awards at each stop and since joining the Daily News in 1992 has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Associated Press Managing Editors of Pennsylvania and the Keystone Awards. He and his wife have raised three fine children, none of whom are even the least bit impressed with the above. Sam is veteran of Olympics coverage for the Daily News, including the Games in Sydney and Turin, among others.

MARCUS HAYES grew up on a small farm outside of Hermon, NY., a small town near the Canadian border about the size of Reading Terminal Market. In high school he played three varsity sports and aspired to be faster, or more skilled, or taller. Having failed in those aspirations and seeking a warmer climate, Marcus attended Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and eventually graduated with a degree in Magazine Writing. He also earned a degree in English from the College of Arts and Sciences. To date he has written for no magazines. His English is spotty at best. Upon graduation in 1990, with Jim Boeheim's talent-leaden SU basketball teams having won no titles, Marcus spent 4½ years working for the now-absorbed Syracuse Herald-Journal covering high school sports, local small college sports and non-revenue sports at SU. Marcus joined the Daily News as a feature story writer in 1995. Among other assignments he has covered the Eagles and Phillies beats for most of his tenure. Still, the paper soldiers on.

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