Shawn Johnson’s 2012 Olympic bid


A video introducing Shawn Johnson’s new book, “Winning Balance” has been released.

Twenty-year-old American gymnast Shawn Johnson is a four-time Olympic gold and silver medalist; a national- and world-champion athlete. Already a popular role model to all ages, in 2009 she captured the national spotlight again when she won the widely popular Dancing with the Stars. Yet Shawn is no stranger to hard work and adversity. Her loss of the major gymnastics prize everyone expected her to win in Beijing, the all-around Olympic gold medal, was the loss of a dream she’d worked for since childhood. And later, she suffered a potentially career-ending injury in a skiing accident that forced her life to a halt and made her rethink what was really important. She wasn’t sure who she was anymore. She wasn’t sure what her goals were. And she wasn’t sure she was satisfied with where she was with her faith and God. Could she find the right kind of success in life—the kind that doesn’t involve medals or trophies, but peace, love, and lasting joy? This is the amazing true journey of how the young woman who won an Olympic gold medal on the balance beam became even more balanced.

Speculation in regards to Johnson’s Olympic bid is now rife among fans following an article in the Des Moines Register. It was already known that Johnson would not compete in this months Secret US Classic but would be aiming for the VISA Championships in June (7th – 10th), however her Coach Liang Chow is quoted as saying that she still recuperating from her knee injury, and wasn’t sure if she would be able to compete at VISA’s. If Johnson misses VISA’s, she would not be eligible for the Olympic Trials in San Jose at the end of June, meaning her attempt at making a second USA Olympic squad would be over. Many are also discussing why Johnson seemed to be the only gymnast not photographed in a leotard at the USA Olympic Media Summit on Monday, speculating that she is uncomfortable with her body.

The odds are strongly against Johnson, seeing as the Olympic Team rules have changed.Teams will only consist of five gymnasts instead of the six or seven allowed in past Olympics.Personally, I would love to see her competing in London but with the likes of Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman primed and ready I’m not sure if I see it happening. Shawn would want to have some serious tricks up her sleeve if she is to have one last shot.

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What do you think? Is this publicity? Does Shawn have some tricks up her leotard sleeve? Or is this finally the end of the road for Johnson’s second Olympic dream?  Leave a comment with your thoughts.

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  1. maddy says:

    saying that she is uncomfortable with her body is just a joke, people are only speculating this because the media is obsessing over the fact she lost 25 pounds when was shaping back into her olympic form. Seriously like people need to leave her alone she probably had another interview and could not make the leo shoot!!

  2. barbara says:

    I think the comments in the des moines register are telling of tension between shawn and chow. She was mad last year when he said she would be at classics and she had not announced yet (and really did not seem to want to be there in the end). He has said he was not involved in the decision for her to go to michael johnson’s and he did not agree with it. She has said repeatedly that she will be at nationals, I think she will be there. I think chow does not agree with her skipping camp and classics.

    I do not, however, think she will make the team. I want her to, and I think she ha the talent and skills, but she is going to play it too safe. She has already said she does not have the difficulty she had in Beijing. The sport has progressed, she cannot do less than she did four year’s ago and expect to be successful And, if her goal is to be the queen of consistency, skipping camp and classics is not helpful because now she only has two opportunities to show she is consistant.

    As for the Beijing all around, I never understand why she hints that it was devastating. Everyone knew going in that if Nastia and Shawn both hit, Nastia wins. She bet her gold medal on someone else missing, not her hitting, and she lost. I would much rather be in control of my own destiny than bet on someone else missing.

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