Shawn Johnson Announces Retirement From Gymnastics

June 3, 2012

The London games will be missing one heck of a competitor. Shawn Johnson has just announced that she is retiring from gymnastics.

She is one of the most popular gymnasts of all time, I know some may disagree with that but that is what I think, however Shawn Johnson will no longer be competing in the sport she loves. Yep the pint-sized 20-year old revealed today that she is retiring. Shawn released this statement regarding this news, that I have to say makes me sad cause I so wanted to see her compete in London.

“I still have the heart, drive, and desire to compete and help the USA at the London Olympics. Unfortunately, it has become obvious that my left knee is not able to sustain the demands of gymnastics any longer. All I can do now is gracefully retire and thank everyone who has believed in me and my journey.”

Johnson injured her knee back in 2010 in a skiing accident. Up until recently Shawn had been training to compete in London at the Olympics. As you may recall she has not been competing so well lately. I can only imagine how hard of a decision this was for the dedicated gymnast who was hoping for one last chance at gold.

Although I will miss seeing Shawn compete this summer I give her credit for knowing when her body couldn’t handle the sport anymore. She could have easily pushed herself and her body so that she could make it to London and that could have had disastrous consequences for her. That is one heck of a decision she had to make. I have always had the utmost respect for her and now I have even more. Gymnastics will not be the same without Shawn Johnson but I for one can’t wait to see what she does next. I mean she may not be competing but something tells me she won’t be able to stay away from the sport.

Photos by: Wenn/Apega/Adriana M. Barraza/PNP

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