A sincere and honest account of last weeks events which culminated in 2008 Olympic Beam Champion Shawn Johnson announcing her retirement.
“On Friday morning, Chow called Martha to discuss the fact I was not ready to compete at U.S. nationals this week in St. Louis, Mo.”
“Basically, Martha told Chow during their phone call that she respected where I was with my knee, but noted it was by no means ideal with the Olympics less than eight weeks away. She also emphasized strongly that she didn’t want to push me to my breaking point. After that conversation, Chow called me, we talked it through, and decided it was the right time to retire.”
“When he talked to me Friday, the reality of it was that we were just out of time.”