Specifically, Johnson’s coach Liang Chow sent a video tape of her to the coordinator for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team. Also included was a note simply stating, “I believe this kid will help the U.S. team.” And, as it turned out, Johnson’s skills were considered so impressive that she was immediately seen as a serious contender for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
In fact, the then 16-year-old Johnson was duly entered into the Beijing Games and went on to surpass all expectations. Indeed, her hard work culminated in her scooping up four medals: one gold and three silver. And Johnson particularly impressed with her gold medal win – notching 16.225 points for her athletic display on the balance beam.
Then, after that monumental feat, Johnson took to TV, winning the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars. Sadly, however, an ACL tear derailed her gymnastics career before she could compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In June 2012, moreover, Johnson declared that she would retire from the sport.