The Untold Truth Of USA Gymnast Shawn Johnson
- Published: 22 May 2019
- In 2008, gymnast Shawn Johnson took the Beijing Olympics by storm. Just 16 years old, she won the gold, but since then, the Olympian hasn't been resting on her laurels. Since retiring from gymnastics competition, Johnson's been busy and she's no less inspiring today than she was as a teen.
What do you do when you have a toddler who never seems to run out of energy? If you're Johnson's mom and dad, you put them in gymnastics. They thought the rigorous sport would help calm their daughter down a little, and signed her up when she was around 3 years old. Johnson's mom, Teri, said at the Des Moines Storytellers Project event in 2017,
"At home she was a terror, and she was a danger to herself. She would stack her toys and try to get to a higher level, and it was awful. So we put her in this little gymnastics class, and it was just immediately a hit for her."
But Johnson's parents never dreamed that she would become an Olympic gymnast. Instead, Teri said,
"I just wanted her to be somewhere where she was safe, and somebody else could corral it and somebody else could be responsible for it."
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Tumbling little toddler | 0:18
Small town roots | 1:01
Going up against the media | 2:01
Life after the Olympics | 2:57
A surprisingly early retirement | 3:48
Building her brand | 4:46
Match made in sports heaven | 5:28
A devastating miscarriage | 6:14
Life as a YouTube star | 7:09
She had to learn how to work out? | 8:08
Supporting her girls | 9:08
The next chapter | 10:11