Few people in sport are born with the same pure talent as Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson. Indeed, she seemingly wasted no time taking prizes at some of the most prestigious sporting events in the world. And the gymnast also found success in her personal life when she married NFL player Andrew East in 2016.
However, Johnson’s YouTube channel took a serious turn in October 2017, as it was there that she revealed something heartbreaking. And that revelation was distressing enough, in fact, to bring a tear to your eye…
Way back when, though, Johnson was a star in the making. The gymnast looked destined for success in her chosen field when she was only 12 years old, in fact. At that age, she came in fourth in the Junior Olympics National Championships, after almost ten years of training.
At first, though, Johnson’s abilities went unnoticed by the USA Gymnastics governing body. Her coach had bigger things in mind for his child protégée, however, and he was prepared to go down a more nontraditional path to achieve them. Indeed, it’s fair to say that Johnson’s career trajectory wasn’t typical for an aspiring Olympic athlete.