Speaker Series: Shawn Johnson
|Shawn Johnson 2008 Olympic gold medalist winner in gymnastics 2009 winner of
Dancing with the Stars Winning Balance: An Evening with Shawn Johnson
Thursday, October 24, 2013 7 p.m. – Hyland Arena Student Choice Speaker
Shawn Johnson’s dream was to compete for the USA at the 2008 Olympics.
Johnson won her first Senior National Championships in August, 2007, followed by World AA Champion, with the largest point differentiation against some of the best gymnasts in the world in both competitions. In June 2008, Johnson reclaimed her title as she became the 2008 National Champion and was named to the 2008 US Olympic Gymnastics Team.
At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Johnson earned an individual gold medal in the balance beam and three silver medals in the individual all-around, floor exercise and team categories.
In April 2009, Johnson was named the 79th Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Sullivan Award recipient, one of the most prestigious honors in amateur sports. Johnson became the youngest ever contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, where she danced her way to becoming the champion of season eight. In 2012, Johnson published her book, Winning Balance and announced her retirement from competitive gymnastics following a knee injury.
Johnson is involved in a number of philanthropic activities such as walking shelter dogs and working with animal and children’s charities, as well as working with cancer charities, particularly those that affect women and children. Johnson is also involved in programs that help build good character amongst youth across the country.
Johnson’s loves are family, friends, gymnastics, animals, shopping, horseback riding, and motorcycles. Johnson loves big and lives big.