Wisdom Wednesday: Shawn Johnson

Shawn Johnson is an Olympic gold medalist, wife to Andrew East, NYTimes best seller, DWTS champion, and wise beyond her years.

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Shawn Johnson Quotes

“The body is an amazing machine… If you eat the right things your body will perform incredibly well!”

“Gymnastics taught me everything – life lessons, responsibility and discipline and respect.”

“I’m trying to stay as calm as possible and focus one day at a time, but when reality sets in, I feel everything: anxiety, excitement, nerves, pressure and joy.”

“We’re taught at such a young age that you can always be better and that you’re never perfect and that you’re never good enough.”

“I was at the Olympic Games winning medals and I still doubted my image. I doubted what I looked like. That’s sad.”

“I had a constant fear, a constant little doubt in my mind: ’OK, I’m getting ready to do my standing back full on beam and I might re-tear my ACL.’”

“I’m doing four hours of gymnastics training a day, six days a week and then an extra two to three hours in a fitness center as well.”

“It might have been easier to retire, to say my knee couldn’t handle it and let that be that. At the same time, the prospect of not being able to compete in gymnastics anymore was heartbreaking.”

“Retiring was scary and it was tough to give up gymnastics, but so many great opportunities have come from it that I never expected.”

“People put too much emphasis on looks.”

“I always have someone to look up to, and I think it helps me with motivating myself.”

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