Former Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson called gymnast Nia Dennis’ viral floor routine to Black artists ‘amazing’

By Debanjali Bose for yahoo.com

UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis earned quite a few fans, including Simone Biles, last weekend with her viral floor routine set against the music of popular Black artists like Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, and 2pac.

And now, she can add one more famous fan to the list: Olympic gold medalist and fellow gymnast Shawn Johnson.

“It truly is artistic gymnastics when you see people being creative,” Johnson told Insider while promoting her partnership with Eggo. “It’s not just that standard thing we were used to seeing for so many years.”

“I love it. I loved seeing her just rock it out there,” she added.

Debanjali BoseWed, January 27, 2021, 3:05 PM

Shawn Johnson Nia Dennis
  • Former gymnast Shawn Johnson told Insider she loved Nia Dennis’ viral floor routine.
  • Dennis, a UCLA gymnast, went viral last week for her floor routine set to songs by Black artists.
  • Johnson won an Olympic gold medal in 2008 and was dubbed “America’s Sweetheart.”

UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis earned quite a few fans, including Simone Biles, last weekend with her viral floor routine set against the music of popular Black artists like Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, and 2pac.

And now, she can add one more famous fan to the list: Olympic gold medalist and fellow gymnast Shawn Johnson.

“It truly is artistic gymnastics when you see people being creative,” Johnson told Insider while promoting her partnership with Eggo. “It’s not just that standard thing we were used to seeing for so many years.”

“I love it. I loved seeing her just rock it out there,” she added.

Insider sports reporter Meredith Cash previously wrote that Dennis clinched a victory for her school, the University of California, Los Angeles, against Arizona State University on Saturday.

The senior scored 9.95 while flawlessly executing her routine set to a medley of songs by artists including Beyoncé, Soulja Boy, Missy Elliot, and Megan Thee Stallion.

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