Iowa’s Golden Girl has made it official: She’s going for London in 2012.
West Des Moines native Shawn Johnson, a gold-medal winner in gymnastics at the 2008 games in Beijing, announced this morning that she plans on training and making another run at the next Summer Games.
She first revealed her decision to a crowd of 8,000 area students at Hy-Vee Hall.“I got caught up in the moment,” Johnson later explained. “And what better way to do it than to inspire 8,000 kids.”
Until today, the 18-year-old Johnson had remained on the fence as to whether or not she would compete in another Olympics. She won four medals — one gold, in the balance beam, and three silvers — in China, but is still recovering from a recent knee injury.
Johnson best known in her post-Olympic life for winning a championship on the ABC-TV reality show “Dancing With The Stars” in the spring of 2009 and for occasional acting and promotional appearances around the world.
“There’s something about it that just pulled me back,” Johnson said of gymnastics. “I’m a little kid at heart. I can’t get away from it and I missed it a lot.”
This makes me really happy! I love Shawn and her gymnastics!
In other news, Pac Rims happened over the weekend and frankly after not liking her at the American Cup, I’m now impressed with Jordyn Weiber. She has improved tremendously!
Here is her new Floor Ex:
The year off has really really helped her.