Shawn Johnson Talks About Dating Gymnasts & Being Scared of the ‘Regular’ Gym [AUDIO]

June 20, 2012 7:01 am

Olympian Shawn Johnson called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” Wednesday to talk about her recent retirement, going to the “regular gym,” if she would date another gymnast, and reveal she will be working alongside Ryan Seacrest in London covering the Olympic games!

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“They just gave up! They didn’t even ask!” She continues, “I don’t think I can date another gymnast! I kind of stick away from that sport! They’re like my brothers. I don’t know.”

Do You Ever Go To The Regular Gym?
“Actually the regular gym scares me so much! Because I don’t know how to work out except for like doing a handstand against the wall.”

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What Will You Do Now That You’re Retired?
“Probably just relax? I think in the past week I’ve slept more than I ever have in my entire life. I think that’s a first. I’ve grown up working out seven hours a week, and not really had the freedom to have a social life and hang out with friend. Now I’ll actually be normal!”

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Going To The Olympics
“I’ll be in London being a cheerleader for my girls. They’re like my sisters so I have to be there for them. I’ll also be over there with Coca-Cola and I’ll be cheering on the eight pack of athletes. There’s a bunch of them in all the different sports. I can’t wait to go see them. This will actually be the first time watching the other sports at the Olympics.” How will that feel? “I don’t know how that’s going to feel. I think it’s going to hurt a little bit, but it will also be fun because I get to sit back and cheer on everybody. Pacing back and forth. I think I’m going to be so nervous.

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State of Mind of the Atheletes
“The athletes right now are in full force. They are so close. For me back in 2008. This is the most intense part of the entire process, because if you’re not on your ‘A’ game, and at a 150% right now you don’t make it to the Olympics. You don’t make it onto that team. Olympic trials is by far the most nerve racking and intense competition of their entire lives. Even above the Olympics. It’s an intense time right now?”

On Olympic Trials:
“I think that’s something about competitors, especially Olympic and elite athletes thrive one. It’s something that we kind of learn to deal with, and compete better under pressure, but the intensity of the Olympic games and the Olympic trials is one that can either make you or break you. I remember going in to trials thinking of it as just a warm-up and try not to think about that it’s actually the Olympic trials. And that this is either my dream coming true or not.”


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