When it comes to being a “Dancing with the Stars” champ, it’s a title that you don’t get to keep for very long. Unfortunately, being a member of the American gymnastics team is the same way.
With that in mind, it shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise that Shawn Johnson is already having to retire from a sport that earned her four Olympic medals — including a gold on the balance beam. In a statement, Johnson cited a knee injury (which happened as a result of a ski accident in 2010) as the reason for her exit prior to the London games:
“I still have the heart, drive, and desire to compete and help the USA at the London Olympics … Unfortunately, it has become obvious that my left knee is not able to sustain the demands of gymnastics any longer. All I can do now is gracefully retire and thank everyone who has believed in me and my journey.”
Shawn is only one of many Olympians to have made an appearance on the show — and many of them (from Apolo Anton Ohno to Kristi Yamaguchi) have done very well and even one. Misty May-Treanor, one of the few Olympians on the show to leave early, did so due to injury.
Unfortunately, Johnson is likely not eligible to return to the ballroom due to her past victory, as multiple reports have suggested that producer are not necessarily looking to cast past champions on their new “All-Stars” season.
Are you sad for Shawn?