After stealing the hearts of many four years ago, Shawn Johnson will not seek a spot on the U.S. Gymnastics team and is calling it quits for her career.
Johnson tells NBCOlympics.com that "my body came to a point where I just couldn’t take it anymore.”
The Des Moines native took some time off after a chronic knee injury in addition to the tearing of her ACL during a skiing trip in early 2010.
After that injury, fans were left wondering if a comeback was possible. Once 2012 came around and Johnson's body didn't appear as ready as it was supposed to be, the worries were there.
She stole the hearts of many in 2008 in Beijing, where she won one gold and three silver medals.
Johnson tried to make a comeback this year, but her knee pain was just too much to handle.
The timeliness of the announcement is interesting. In three weeks, the hopeful gymnasts will compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials and a few days of the VISA National Championships. Johnson says she wanted to announce her stepping away now to put the focus on the five competing for a shot to show their talents later this summer in London.
Johnson now has different goals to focus on now that her gymnastics career has come to an end—one of those is to become a college student.
In an interview with the Des Moines Register in 2010, Johnson stated that she had an interest in Stanford, Vanderbilt and Duke. She said that if she didn't have Olympic aspirations, she would enter into one of the three schools. Her major: business or communications.
Her gleaming smile and personality will certainly help out with that or whatever she chooses to do down the road.
For the immediate future, she plans to make the trip to London to support her fellow teammates.
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