Olympian (and “Dancing With the Stars” champ) Shawn Johnson has announced her retirement from gymnastics at the ripe old age of 20.
“I still have the heart, drive and desire to compete and help the USA at the London Olympics,” she said in a statement. “Unfortunately, it has become obvious that my left knee is not able to sustain the demands of gymnastics any longer.”
Johnson sustained the knee injury during a 2010 accident while skiing; during her training for the London Olympics, the knee showed no signs of improvement.
What’s next for the pint-sized powerhouse? Lots, as Johnson explained: “I am going to college, want to work with philanthropic foundations, and hope to inspire new generations to follow their own dreams and pursue their passions. I also will continue to be involved in the growth of gymnastics because it has been an important part of my life for 15 years. I am very excited about starting the next part of my journey.”
Best wishes, Shawn!