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She had reconstructive knee surgery the following month. In August 2010, Johnson communicated that her knee recovered to allow full training and that she had learned a new difficult skill.In May 2010, Johnson announced her return to gymnastics training with a goal of making the 2012 U. In November 2010, Johnson entered her first post-Olympics National Team Training Camp.With Liukin taking gold and Johnson silver, this competition was the first time that the United States Women's Gymnastics team took both the gold and silver medals in the individual all-around competition; this competition also marks the fourth time a country won both gold and silver medals in the individual all-around competition.She won the silver medal in floor exercise, with teammate Liukin taking bronze.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 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.
She stated that she wished to return to competition later in 2011.
At age six, Johnson was one of Liang Chow's first students when he opened a gymnastics school in West Des Moines. She was on the honor roll, and liked to attend football games, and dances.
Through 2008, Johnson maintained a more balanced lifestyle than typical of elite female gymnasts.
She qualified as the second reserve to the uneven bars final, but did not compete.
In January 2010, Johnson tore her left ACL while skiing.