Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson speaks with reporters Monday prior to her presentation on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University.
After two years in the spotlight as an Olympic champion and on television’s “Dancing with the Stars,” Shawn Johnson is slowing things down.
Sure, she’s still spending nearly six hours a day in the gym training for the 2012 London Olympics, but these days she’s more likely to be found on the lecture circuit than hanging out with the jet set.
During an appearance at Northwest Missouri State University Monday, Johnson shared some of her life experiences with a capacity audience at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.
“I don’t know why but I always get nervous before these things,” Johnson said. “I’ve only spoken at three or four universities.”
Since most of her life story can be found on the Internet, Johnson tried to focus on the small things that make her who she is.
“I don’t know what I have to share that they would be interested in, but I love sharing my story,” she said. “I love talking and knowing what others are curious about. I try to do a lot of Q and A.”
Johnson talked about her childhood, attending public school and pursuing the Olympic dream.
She said her most memorable experience during the 2008 Beijing Olympics was not winning the gold medal for the balance beam but rather the all-around competition, in which she finished second…