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Shawn  Johnson

Shawn Johnson

American Gymnast & Entrepreneur


There’s no doubt about it. Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson East is a champion. But it’s about so much more than excelling at her chosen sport of gymnastics, where she brought home the individual gold in the balance beam and three silver medals in the individual all-around, floor exercise, and team categories in 2008 in Beijing, China. Read More >

After the Olympics, she took a two-year hiatus from competitive gymnastics. However, Shawn returned to training in 2010 in an effort to make the 2012 Olympic Team. Just weeks before Olympic Trials, she was forced to withdraw due to injury and retired from the sport.

But that didn’t stop Shawn. She continued her success story with a New York Times best-selling book, a career in broadcasting, a mirror ball trophy after winning Dancing With The Stars and has launched several businesses alongside her husband, former NFL player Andrew East.

As proud parents to their daughter, Drew, and baby boy, Jett, the East Family documents their life with fans on their shared YouTube channel which has more than 215 million views and a podcast, which has climbed to No. 2 on the overall charts. They have a collective 8.5 million followers on their social media platforms. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos


Shawn Johnson East: Her Olympic journey and digital empire | The Players' Pod

Shawn Johnson reacts to her Beijing 2008 gold medal performance! | Olympic Rewind

How A Gymnast's Life Got Flipped Around

Speech Topics

Purpose-Driven Entrepreneurship

In 2012 when she retired from gymnastics, Olympic medalist Shawn Johnson had no idea what would come next. She had spent her entire life focused on the sport. And yet, a decade later she has proven to be an astute entrepreneur running several successful companies. She operates an online digital content and consulting agency and has invested and advised multiple business owners. In 2022, she and her husband Andrew launched Familymade, a media network. In this keynote, Shawn shares how she transitioned to the world of business and entrepreneurship, the secret to her success and why it’s so critical to keep your values at the core of everything you do, whether in business or life.

Overcoming Obstacles

To those looking from the outside, it seemed that Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson had it all. She was a much-revered athlete and a champion gymnast, who the world fell in love with during the Beijing Olympics in 2008. But what her fans didn’t see is that Shawn was hiding a lot of insecurity and trying to deal with the pressure of being what everyone wanted her to be and look like—which led her to an eating disorder and an addiction to Adderall. She struggled for several years until she hit her low point and decided, “I just can’t do this anymore.” Today, she is happy, healthy and a highly successful personality and entrepreneur, along with her husband Andrew. In this highly motivational talk, Shawn shares her story, from her journey to the Olympics to overcoming the obstacles she faced. She also shares how she built a new life, learned to be herself and how spending so much time working on her craft helped her become the person she is today. For anyone who has struggled, you’ll learn from Shawn how to persevere and be able to withstand the hard times on your way to happiness and success.