As long as you've done your best, making mistakes doesn't matter. You and I are human; we will mess up. What counts is learning from your mistakes and getting back up when life has knocked you down.— Shawn Johnson
The most passioned Shawn Johnson quotes that will activate your desire to change
Stay strong. Stand up. Have a voice.
I have a chaperone everywhere I go - my mom.
My approach to gymnastics in Beijing was heavily based on the amount of difficulty I could do.
I still can't believe I'm an Olympic athlete.
In 2008 I didn't take it all in enough.
I was so wrapped up in just the competition that I missed what was going on around me. If I am given that opportunity again to go to the Olympics and be an athlete I want to take it all in because I feel like this is my last shot and I want to feel the team spirit. I want to really live and breathe the USA.
Gymnastics taught me everything - life lessons, responsibility and discipline and respect.
Injury taught me I need to learn how to face challenges.
I had surgery to repair the ACL in February 2010 and was back in the gym by June, but rushed things too quickly and ended up re-tearing my MCL in September.
I pay attention to my diet to be a healthier gymnast, but I'm not obsessive over it.
I'm trying to stay as calm as possible and focus one day at a time, but when reality sets in, I feel everything: anxiety, excitement, nerves, pressure and joy.
To have any doubt in your body is the biggest weakness an athlete can have.
I think it's important for girls at a young age to be involved in as many things as possible. Especially safe communities of people that teach them great life lessons like self-confidence and courage. And getting girls to go to camp especially in the summer where they can meet new friends, learn new things, and not just sit at home and watch TV.
Well-I don't know if anyone would really ask me to prom.
I was at the Olympic Games winning medals and I still doubted my image.
I doubted what I looked like. That's sad.
Gymnastics is not only a good thing to live by, but it is important to understand how it does help you in life.
When I was younger, my coach, Liang Chow, made all the decisions.
I would go to the gym for practice, do exactly what Chow told me to do, go home, come back and start all over again. If Chow told me to do 50 squat jumps, I did 50 squat jumps.
Something my mom taught me when I was little is that everything happens for a reason. Retiring was scary and it was tough to give up gymnastics, but so many great opportunities have come from it that I never expected. And those wouldn't have happened had I not accepted my injury as a way to try something new.
I set my phone with motivational quotes to go off on random days and times.
Like, 'You're stronger than you think you are.' I'll forget about it, then one will pop up and it'll give me a little boost.
To finish off this whole Olympics by finally getting the gold medal, it's the best feeling in the world.
Gymnastics has made me strong. I feel like it broke me down to my lowest point, but at the same time, it has given me the greatest strength anyone could ask for.
I told myself after 2008 that I was done for good.
But they say you can't keep a gymnast away from her sport.
A comeback in gymnastics is almost impossible in itself.
My other life keeps me calm and grounded and normal.
I had a constant fear, a constant little doubt in my mind: 'OK, I'm getting ready to do my standing back full on beam and I might re-tear my ACL.'
I was able to do Classics, the U.S. national championships and the Pan American Games and feel like I improved with each meet, but I was still struggling with a lot of residual pain from the two surgeries.
People only see gymnastics on TV and in the Olympics at such an extreme. So it can be intimidating.
People put too much emphasis on looks.
Hot yoga is the best. When you're in [class], there are no cell phones, no talking, no distractions. You're taking a leave from reality for an hour or so.
We're taught at such a young age that you can always be better and that you're never perfect and that you're never good enough.
When it comes to gymnastics, you can be 30 points ahead going into that competition, but on that day, it's all about luck. It's about who has a good day, who stays healthy, it's how happy the judges are that day, there are so many different factors.
I always have someone to look up to, and I think it helps me with motivating myself.
Something my mom taught me when I was little is that everything happens for a reason.
I was under pressure because of what people were saying about my physique.
I get less and less sleep these days, so when I have any down time all I want to do is sleep!
It sounds funny, but the 2008 Olympics were something that just kind of happened, and I was lucky they came at a point when I was uninjured and well prepared. As a gymnast, you can't ask for much more.
I know how much more I need to do to be where I want.
I missed being considered an athlete and having that competitive drive, and missed having something to work for every day. I'd taken two and a half years away from the sport and was out of shape. I wanted to get back to where I was in 2008.
I always feel like I'm the young one, I'm the small one.
I fell in love with running, and I finally have time to do it now.
The body is an amazing machine... If you eat the right things your body will perform incredibly well!
I've never had a teammate competing with me my whole life.
My coach, Liang Chow, had one rule while I was training for the 2008 Olympics: no skiing. I could do anything I wanted outside the gym, he said, except ski.
I feel like if you compare the commentary, what's covered with female athletics, as with men. On any given day, if a guy competes, you're going to critique his technique and his performance, training. With a girl, you don't do the same thing. You might mention a little bit of that, but you're also going to get what she was wearing, how she performed, what she looked like. I feel like it should be the same.
I'm doing four hours of gymnastics training a day, six days a week and then an extra two to three hours in a fitness center as well.
I don't call them sacrifices. I call them exchanges.
My parents- they've been my biggest influences and supporters since day one.
They teach me every day that happiness comes from within and not from something outside of your heart.
In some ways the ACL tear was a blessing.
I had hesitated to return to elite gymnastics after the 2008 Olympics. I told myself I had already accomplished so much, and the road was just going to get harder if I continued.
With literature, sometimes a book is presented in the media as being say, a Muslim story or an African story, when essentially it's a universal story which we can all relate to it, no matter what race or social background we come from.
I'm pleased to say my knee feels a lot better.
It's still not back to normal, and I don't know if it ever will be, but I'm learning to deal with it instead of expecting it to be like it was before.