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Brandy Johnson
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Johnson at the 1989 World Championships

Country represented

Flag of the United States of America United States of America

Born

April 30 1973 (1973-04-30) (age 44)
Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Years on National Team

1987-1990

Club

Brown's Gymnastics, Karolyi's Gymnastics, Brandy Johnson's Global Gymnastics (coach)

Coach(es)

Kevin Brown & Jeff Wood, Bela & Marta Karolyi

Current status

Retired

Brandy Johnson, also known as Brandy Johnson-Scharpf (b. April 30, 1973, Tallahassee, Florida) is a retired American gymnast, gymnastics judge, and stuntwoman. She is the owner of the Brandy Johnson's Global Gymnastics in Clermont, Florida. Her daughter, Sydney, trains at her gym and is a member of the U.S. National Team.

Junior Career

A member of Brown's Gymnastics club in Orlando, Florida, Johnson made an impressive debut in high-level competition, winning the all-around, vault, floor exercise and balance beam titles at the 1986 Junior Olympics National Championships. The following year, in her first US National Championships, Johnson won the all-around gold medal in the junior division. She also received her first international assignment, the Chunichi Cup in Japan, where she achieved a twelfth-place finish.

Senior Career

During the buildup to the 1988 Olympics, Johnson moved to Houston, Texas to be coached by Marta and Béla Károlyi. She placed sixth at the 1988 US Nationals and fourth at the Olympic Trials, securing a berth on the US team for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. At the Olympics, Johnson's tenth-place all-around finish was the highest for an American gymnast in the meet. She qualified for an event final on the vault, where she placed fifth. She along with Kelly Garrison-Steves and Phoebe Mills, were the only U.S. women to qualify for an individual event final.

Johnson opted to continue competing in 1989, returning to Brown's. It was a successful year for her, as she nearly swept the US National Championships, winning the all-around title and every event final, with the sole exception of uneven bars. She also achieved outstanding results as a member of the fourth-place US team at the 1989 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, coming in second on the vault and seventh in the all-around. Her AA placement was, at the time, the highest ever achieved by an American woman at Worlds. Her silver medal was the only one for an American gymnast in the competition. For her contributions to gymnastics in 1989, Johnson was nominated for the James E. Sullivan Award.

Johnson competed well in 1990, placing third in the all-around and winning vault and floor gold at the US Nationals and winning the Olympic Festival AA. She placed 5th AA in the 1990 World cup and was an event finalist on bars, beam, and floor. However, it also marked her last year of elite competition.

After retiring from elite gymnastics in 1990, Johnson worked for several years as a stunt double in Hollywood movies, including the film adaptation of the British comedy Bean. Johnson also remains involved in the sport as a judge. In 2000, she was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1986North Shore Invitational1st1st1st
Level 10 Junior Olympic Nationals1st1st1st1st
1987Chunichi Cup 12
Junior US National Championships1st
1988U.S. Classic2nd
U.S. National Championships63rd2nd
U.S. Olympic Trials4
Seoul Olympic Games410
1989McDonald's American Cup1st
USA vs. USSR1st
U.S. National Championships1st1st51st1st
U.S. World Championship Team Trials1st
Stuttgart World Championships472nd
Cottbus International1st1st1st1st1st
1990Denver U.S. National Championships3rd1st1st
Brussels World Cup Final5678


American Cup Champions
Nadia Comăneci • Kathy Johnson • Natalia Tereschenko • Stella Zakharova • Tracee Talavera • Julianne McNamaraMary Lou RettonKristie PhillipsPhoebe MillsBrandy JohnsonKim ZmeskalBetty OkinoKim ZmeskalShannon MillerDominique DawesKristy PowellKerri StrugElvire TezaViktoria Karpenko • Jennie Thompson • Elena ProdunovaElena ZamolodchikovaTasha SchwikertCarly PattersonAlicia Sacramone (VT) | Chellsie Memmel (UB) | Zhang Nan-Nastia Liukin (BB) | Patricia Moreno (FX) • Nastia LiukinShawn JohnsonNastia LiukinJordyn WieberRebecca BrossJordyn WieberKatelyn OhashiElizabeth PriceSimone BilesGabby DouglasRagan Smith


U.S. National Champions
Donna Schanezer | Muriel Grossfeld • Marie Walther • Gail Daley | Doris Fuchs • Donna Schanezer | Linda Metheny • Carolyn Hacker • Linda Scott | Linda Metheny • Joyce Tanac • Cathy Rigby | Linda Metheny • Joan Moore Gnat | Cathy Rigby • Joan Moore Gnat • Tammy Manville • Denise Cheshire | Robin Huebner • Donna Turnbow • Kathy Johnson • Leslie Pyfer • Julianne McNamaraTracee Talavera • Dianne Durham • Mary Lou Retton • Sabrina Mar • Jennifer Sey • Kristie PhillipsPhoebe MillsBrandy JohnsonKim ZmeskalShannon MillerDominique DawesDominique MoceanuShannon MillerVanessa Atler | Kristy PowellKristen MaloneyElise RayTasha SchwikertCourtney KupetsCourtney Kupets | Carly PattersonNastia LiukinShawn JohnsonBridget SloanRebecca BrossJordyn WieberSimone Biles

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