Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson Retires from Gymnastics

June 4, 2012 2:39 pm

Four-time Olympic medalist Shawn Johnson has announced her retirement from competitive gymnastics due to injury.

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After sustaining a knee injury during a skiing trip in 2010, Johnson’s determined comeback was slow and painful, and on Sunday the 20-year-old Des Moines native made the heart-wrenching decision to call it quits.

Johnson stated: “It’s become obvious my knee is not going to allow me to be in gymnastics any longer and be on that stage competing with the girls.  All I can do now is gracefully retire and thank everybody who has believed in me and been part of this entire journey.”

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One of the most decorated U.S. gymnasts, Johnson won a gold and three silver medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, along with three World Championship golds in 2007. Her retirement marks the end of her 2012 Olympic quest, opening up the competition for the U.S. Gymnastics Olympic trials that take place June 28- July 1 in San Jose, California.

U.S. fans will be forever proud, we will miss you Shawn!

United States' Shawn Johnson (R) smiles as her team coach Liang Chow (L) looks on during the women's individual all-around final of the artistic gymnastics event of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing on August 15, 2008. Photo credit: LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images


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