At 24 years old, American gymnast Shawn Johnson has accomplished a lifetime of achievements that include Olympic medals, a New York Times best-selling book, a business, a career in broadcast, and taking home the coveted mirror ball trophy on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide watched as a 16-year-old Johnson won four medals, including gold, on the balance beam at the 2008 Summer Olympics, which took place in Beijing, China. The athlete was inducted into the Gymnasts Hall of Fame in summer 2017 for her years of achievements. This fall, she will be seen on CNBC's Adventure Capitalists which gives entrepreneurs the chance to showcase their product in the environment it's designed for – the great outdoors!
Her first book, Shawn Johnson, Olympic Champion: Stories Behind the Smile, was published in January 2009 and immediately following in April of that year, Johnson was named the 79th Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Sullivan Award recipient, one of the United States most prestigious honors in amateur sports. At the age of 17, she became the youngest ever contestant, and subsequently in May of 2009 was crowned champion, of ABC's 8th season of Dancing with the Stars. Shawn was so popular with the audience that in 2012 she was invited back for Dancing with the Stars: All Stars where she, again, danced her way into the finale.
After a two-year hiatus from competitive gymnastics, Shawn returned to training in 2010 in an effort to make the 2012 Olympic Team. Just weeks before Olympic Trials, she was forced to withdraw due to an injury, and at that time retired from the sport.
In June of 2012, Johnson's 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. In 2014, Johnson 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. Shawn was also on the cast of The Apprentice and helped raise funds for the Iowa-based organization, Character Counts.
A devoted philanthropist, Johnson is involved in a number of charitable organizations that work with women and children who have been affected by cancer, as well as those that promote health and wellness initiatives, and work to build good character amongst the countries youth population.
Shawn splits her time between Nashville and LA with her husband, NFL player Andrew East.