Gold Medal Olympian
“Dancing with the Stars” Champion
ESPY Award Winner
At 23 years old, American gymnast Shawn Johnson has accomplished a lifetime of achievements, including Olympic medals, a New York Times best-selling book, a business, and a career in broadcast —all while taking online classes through Penn State University.
Hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide watched as a 16-year-old Johnson won four medals, including gold on the balance beam, at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
Her first book, Shawn Johnson, Olympic Champion: Stories Behind the Smile, was published in January, 2009. In April of that year, Johnson was named the 79th Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Sullivan Award Recipient. At the age of 17, she became the youngest-ever contestant — and subsequent May, 2009 champion — of ABC’s 8th season of “Dancing with the Stars.” Shawn was so popular with the audience that, in 2012, she was invited back for “Dancing with the Stars: All Stars,” where she again made it to the finale.
In June of 2012, Johnson’s second book, Winning Balance: What I’ve Learned So Far About Love, Faith and Living Your Dreams, was published and quickly became a New York Times Best Seller. In 2014, Johnson launched TheBodyDepartment.com, a site dedicated to offering an outlet where people can talk about body image, wellness, and fitness in a healthy way. Johnson was also on the cast of “The Apprentice” and helped raise funds for Character Counts in Iowa.
Johnson most recently became engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Andrew East, and they plan to marry in April, 2016.