In floor exercise, she went out-of-bounds on her first tumbling pass, but won the gold with a 15.250, just eclipsing teammate Sacramone.

Johnson competed again in the American Cup on March 1, 2008 in Madison Square Garden.

On vault, she fell on her Amanar vault, scoring a 15.175. Johnson scored 127.5, winning the all-around title by one point ahead of Liukin. Two weeks later, Johnson won the all-around at the Olympic Trials in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, again finishing ahead of Liukin.

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She limited her gymnastics training to 25 hours per week, as opposed to the more typical 40 hours. She and her mother relocated to Los Angeles, California before appearing on Dancing With the Stars.

As of 2010, she finished high school with a private tutor.

In 2005, Chow reached out to the National Team Coordinator, Marta Karolyi, sending her a video of Johnson with the comment "I believe this kid will help the U. team." Karolyi felt the action was audacious, "Wow, this coach is pretty confident", but she soon invited Johnson to national team training camps. Johnson also competed in the 2007 Pan American Games, winning four gold medals (team, all-around, beam and bars) and a silver on floor. Johnson also finished more than five points ahead of two-time National Champion Nastia Liukin, in the first of a series of face-offs over the next two years. In prelims (qualification), Johnson scored 16.250 on beam, 15.150 on floor, 15.175 on vault, and (with a fall on her dismount) 14.625 on bars. Johnson performed all four events in the team finals; the only U. She fell on the beam on her handspring-handspring-layout series and scored 15.025. Her 61.875 total made her the fourth American woman to win the all-around gold medal.

Johnson qualified Junior International Elite on her first attempt. The team won gold with 184.400 points, 0.950 ahead of silver-medal China. During event finals, Johnson first competed on the balance beam, where she fell on her standing full and on her switch side leap, scoring a 14.475 and finishing last.

On the other apparatus, she scored 15.625 on bars, 16.325 on beam, and 15.975 on floor. Johnson finished first on floor, despite falling, on her double-double mount. The other four 2008 team members earned their spots after two additional selection camps.

Although Johnson scored first on the vault, balance beam, and floor, she finished second in the all-around. in Jesolo, Italy against Italy, Spain, and Poland, along with Jana Bieger, Olivia Courtney, Chelsea Davis, Bridget Sloan, and Samantha Peszek. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Johnson competed in all four events during the team competition, in which the United States won the silver medal.When she was 12, Johnson competed in the Junior Olympics (U. Level 10) National Championships, finishing fourth in the all-around, first on beam, and second on floor. In 2006, Johnson added several new tricks, including a Jaeger on bars, and two top-difficulty (G) skills, a full-in back-out dismount off beam and a double-twisting double back on floor. Johnson became a senior in 2007 and continued to show new skills, including a double-twisting double layout dismount off the uneven bars.As a youngster, Johnson was not scouted by USA Gymnastics, and her coach, Liang Chow, had no interactions with the national staff. She competed at the 2007 Tyson American Cup, winning the all-around over teammate Natasha Kelley. National Championships, beating Shayla Worley by more than three points. at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships along with Nastia Liukin, Shayla Worley, Alicia Sacramone, Ivana Hong, and Samantha Peszek. finished first in prelims and Johnson qualified to the all-around, beam, and floor finals. Johnson scored 15.375 on bars and floor, and 15.150 on vault. In the all-around finals, Johnson scored a 15.175 on vault, 15.375 on bars, 15.900 on beam and 15.425 on floor.They were engaged in July 2015 at Wrigley Field during a Chicago Cubs game and were married on April 16, 2016. In November 2015, she revealed that she suffered from an eating disorder in 2008 in the lead up to the 2008 Olympics.She admitted she only used to eat around 700 calories per day – less than half of the minimum recommended calorie intake for a 16-year-old girl. National Championships, Johnson fell from the beam on the first day of competition and finished tenth all-around. Junior National All-Around Championship with a score higher than any of her senior elite competitors.In September 2011 Johnson was named a non-traveling alternate to the 2011 USA Women's World Championships Team.