Olympic medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson opens up on her 'horror film' stalker Robert O'Ryan

Mail Online | 3/25/2009 | Marlene Lenthang For Dailymail.com
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American gymnast Shawn Johnson is opening up on her 'horror movie' stalker who plotted to kidnap her in 2009.

It's been 10 years since Johnson's stalker Robert O'Ryan, now 44, tried to kidnap her by hopping a fence to enter a TV studio where she was taping Dancing With The Stars, and was found armed with two loaded guns, duct tape, a wooden club, and poetry dedicated to the gymnast.

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But a decade later, the paranoia still shakes the 27-year-old, who skyrocketed to fame in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

'[It was] surreal...like I was watching a horror film,' Johnson revealed to ABC.

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'I have been driving down the street before, and paranoid that the yellow car behind me has been following me for too long,' she added. 'I have been walking down the street and if someone even resembles Robert O'Ryan, I go into just a cold sweat.'

In June 2010 he was convicted of stalking her and was ordered to a mental institution where he spent five years then was released. He's forbidden from trying to contact Johnson.

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Johnson is now speaking out about O'Ryan to spread awareness about harassment and the threat of violence against women.

She says she was 'such a reserved...and just sheltered 16-year-old' when she won four Olympic medals - three silver and one gold - in Beijing in 2008.

Year - Stars - Stalker - O'Ryan - Episodes

A year later she competed on Dancing With The Stars. Her stalker O'Ryan, then 34, became obsessed with her as he watched episodes from his trailer in Florida.

Then on March 25, 2009 he drove up from Florida to LA to meet Johnson.

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'I remember getting ready for the day, being dropped off at the studio, and it just feeling normal,' Johnson recalled on that fateful day. 'I was just giddy and on cloud nine being able...
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