Life continues to move at a hectic pace for Olympic champion gymnast Shawn Johnson. The 16-year-old West Des Moines girl used a rigorous daily training schedule to hone the skills that won her one gold and three silver medals in Beiijing.
But with the Olympics now over the schedule for Johnson isn’t any less hectic. She led the pledge of allegiance at the Democratic National Convention in Denver Thursday, and appears on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” tonight.
Johnson was asked about the whirlwind following a welcome back ceremony in Des Moines Tuesday, and when she might go back to classes at West Des Moines Valley High school.
Johson says she doesn’t know when she’ll be able to get back to school and how it will feel to be a normal student again. She was asked how her life has changed since winning the gold medal. Johnson says “I don’t know,” and says she doesn’t know if she feels any different. Johnson says she’s not sure if things will die down and be the same as before the Olympics.
Johnson says she doesn’t see things in a different way or feel any different and can’t say if things will go back to the way they were before. “I hope not, just cause I love the way things are right now, and I feel like this is what I’ve worked for,” she explains. Johnson leaves next week to begin preparing for a 30 city tour with her fellow gymnasts.