Shawn Machel East
Shawn, Peanut, Bubbly, America’s Sweetheart
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Shawn Johnson went to the Valley High School in West Des Moines. In 2009, she left public school and in 2010, completed her high school education with an assistance of a private tutor.
In 2013, she got admission at the Vanderbilt University with an intention to study sports psychology and nutrition.
Retired artistic gymnast, reality TV show contestant
- Father – Doug Johnson
- Mother – Teri Johnson
- Siblings – None
Shawn Johnson is represented by Sheryl Shade of Shade Global.
4 ft 11 in or 150 cm
45 kg or 99 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Shawn Johnson has dated –
- Taylor Phinney (2008) – At the 2008 Olympics, cyclist Taylor Phinney, who had a room above her, used to toss Snickers bars to Shawn Johnson as she was prohibited from eating it by the gymnastic authorities. This is how they got to know each other. After she won the medal and moved to another hotel with her parents, they moved their relationship to the hotel lobby. They used to shut the blinds for their make out sessions.
- Andrew East (2013-Present) – Shawn Johnson met Andrew’s brother Guy East at the 2012 London Games. She was watching her friend Taylor Phinney compete and Guy was his teammate. Guy was so impressed with her that he wanted his brother Andrew to date her. Few months after the 2012 games, Guy put Andrew on a flight to Los Angeles so that he could meet Shawn, who was working in Dancing with the Stars. However, it didn’t amount to much. Then in June 2013, she paid a visit to Nashville, where they had their first official date. About 4 months later, she moved to Nashville. In July 2015, East proposed her at Wrigley Field during a Chicago Cubs game in front of a stadium packed with fans. In April 2016, they got married.
Race / Ethnicity
- Short and curvaceous body
- Blonde locks
34-27-32 in or 86-68.5-81 cm
10 (US) or 40 (EU)
4 (US) or 34.5 (EU)
Shawn Johnson has endorsement deals with –
- Longines watches
- Oroweat baked goods
- Sanofi-Aventis pharmaceuticals
- Circuit City
- Crest toothpaste (P&G)
- InterContinental Hotels Group
- Bounty paper towels
- Secret deodorant
Also, she has been featured on the packaging for Hy-Vee products, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Oscar Mayer Lunchables.
Her religious views aren’t known.
Best Known For
- Having won numerous medals and competitions in artistic gymnastics.
- Having won the 8th season of the dance competition, Dancing with the Stars.
Shawn Johnson has never been seen in a theatrical film.
First TV Show
In October 2007, she was seen in an episode on the talk show Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
After retiring from competitive gymnastics, she had a problem in finding her perfect routine for a couple of years. However, since then, she has slowly found workout regime that suits her perfectly.
She goes to the gym for about 4 to 5 times a week doing between 30 minutes to 1 hour of workout. Her preferred workout modes include boot camps and indoor cycling. She is particularly obsessed with SoulCycle workouts.
Also, she has retained some of the moves from her competitive days to keep her body supple and toned. One such move is V-Up crunches, which works all the core muscles in a single move.
In the gym, she also lays special emphasis on lower body workouts and performs tons of variations of lunges and squats. She considers jump squats the most brutal exercise of them all. Plus, she likes to go out for long runs and has participated in a couple of half marathons.
Before her exercise session, she drinks a protein smoothie with a portion of any fruit. Her post workout meal ranges from peanut butter and jelly sandwich to grilled chicken. For breakfast, her go-to meal is egg white omelet, toast with strawberry jam and green tea.
Shawn Johnson Favorite Things
- Movie – A Walk to Remember (2002), Miracle (2004)
- Biggest Fears – Bees and Wasps
- Celebrity Crush – Ryan Gosling
- Twitter Personality – Chrissy Teigen
- Car – 1986 Cherokee Jeep
- Halloween Costume – Hannah Montana
- Olympian she wants to meet – Yao Ming
- Competition Song – Just Dance (By Lady Gaga)
- Super Power – To Fly
- Foods – Peaches and cream, chicken and steak kebabs and corn on the cob
- Competitive Memory – 2008 Olympic Games
- Food Cities – Los Angeles, New York City
- Restaurants – Marea, Sushi Yasuda, NOBU, Brooklyn Diner
Source – The Post Game, Woman’s Day, The New Potato
Shawn Johnson Facts
- In November 2015, she opened up about the eating disorder she suffered from in lead up to 2008 Olympics and was eating less than half of the suggested calorie intake by the medical professionals.
- In order to help young girls avoid pitfalls of negative body image, she has co-founded The Body Department, a collaborative website with information on fitness and nutrition.
- In 2009, the online poll commissioned by the Forbes magazine declared Shawn as America’s Most-Liked Sports Figure for 2009.
- In 2009, she was named the Best Female U.S. Olympian at the ESPY Awards.
- She was also titled the Teen Choice’s Best Female Athlete in 2009.
- Before she became a competitive gymnast, she aspired to become a doctor.
- For her tremendous achievements in athletics, she was honored with an installation of her life-sized bronze statue at the Iowa Hall of Pride in her hometown, Des Moines.
- On her victorious return from the 2007 World Championship, the governor of Iowa declared October 17 as the Shawn Johnson Day in the state.
- In August 2013, she was given a position in the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame along with her 2007 World Championship teammates.
- In December 2008, she published her autobiographical book, Shawn Johnson: Olympic Champion: Stories Behind the Smile, in which her life was chronicled using her personal photos.
- As a spokesperson for Sanofi-Aventis (a pharmaceutical company), she has worked to raise awareness about women’s cancer.
- In December 2008, she joined hands with Iowa native Ashton Kutcher for a charity fundraiser event with proceeds going to the repair of areas destroyed by the flooding.
- In March 2009, her stalker was arrested for jumping the fence at the CBS lot. The authorities found with him a duct tape, zip ties, guns and love letters addressed to Johnson.
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