GOLD MEDALIST. GYMNAST.
I competed at the 2008 Olympics games in Beijing, China. Hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide watched as a 16 year old me win four medals including gold on the balance beam. I had practiced gymnastics since the age of 3, so this was a very rewarding experience. After the Olympics, I took a two-year hiatus from competitive gymnastics. However, I returned to training in 2010 in an effort to make the 2012 Olympic Team. Just weeks before Olympic Trials, I was forced to withdraw due to injury and retired from the sport. As athletics was still a passion, I became a certified Nike trainer, but I had spent my entire life focusing on gymnastics and at this point had no idea what would come next.
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My first book, Shawn Johnson, Olympic Champion-Stories Behind the Smile, was published in January 2009. In June of 2012, my second book Winning Balance: What I’ve Learned So Far About Love, Faith and Living Your Dreams, was published and quickly became a New York Times Best Seller. I had a blast writing this and sharing some trials and tribulations with the amazing community that supports me.
In June of 2016 I was inspired to write a young adult fiction novel called "The Flipside" about a young woman who struggled with the same identity issues that I did as I tried to simultaneously pursue elite level athletics while also trying to be a normal kid.
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In 2014, I co-founded TheBodyDepartment.com, a site dedicated to offering an outlet where people can talk about body image, wellness, and fitness in a healthy way. Currently, I am operating an online digital content and consulting agency.
Additionally, I am always eager to help other entrepreneurs realize their dreams and have invested and advised multiple businesses. As a result, I had the opportunity to be a co-star on the CNBC show Adventure Capitalists. It was a blast!