Amid the disappointment, Johnson stepped in to give what looked like a few steadying words of encouragement.
Check out what the Christian Science Monitor breathlessly wrote at the time: Sacramone looked as though she was on the edge of a cliff, holding back that inevitable moment when the disappointment in her falls on floor and beam would overwhelm her and plunge her headlong into tears.
No matter what Johnson does in two days’ time on the women’s all-around competition, I hope the world will remember that image – of a 16-year-old girl who is not only an extraordinary athlete, but also something altogether more profound and worthy of celebration: an uncommon human being.
According to Johnson, Worley was “obsessed” with the Harry Potter books and movies and would carry around wands to put spells on her others.
While the media busily pushed a rivalry between Nastia Liukin (“The Ballerina”) and Johnson (“The Energizer Bunny”), reality was something else.