Hometown: West Des Moines, Iowa
Training: Four hours a day during the week; five or six hours on Saturday. Sunday is a rest day.
Olympian tip: Right before a competition, Shawn visualizes herself completing a perfect routine. She finds that the mental imagery transfers to her actual performance.
"Being one of the youngest Olympians has its pros and cons. I bring spirit and energy to the sport, and I'm proud of what I've accomplished. But I've had to deal with responsibilities that most people don't encounter until they're older. I use the pressure of the Games to fuel my motivation and work even harder. Being an athlete is about so much more than physical fitness -- it teaches you to stretch your mind and push the limits of what you can achieve."
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