Former American gymnast Shawn Johnson shined at the 2008 summer Olympics grabbing gold for the balance beam. Additionally, she earned three silver medals for floor, all-around, as well as Team. Johnson had enjoyed an exponential success in her gymnastics career having begun training at the age of 3. Her breakthrough year was 2007 when she became a member of the U.S. senior team. She went on to have the most amazing rookie season in US gymnastics history. Shawn Johnson won five gold at the Pan American games and three at the World Championships. Unfortunately, an injury to her ACL truncated her career forcing her to retire right before the 2012 Olympic games.
Johnson was born as Shawn Machel Johnson on January 19, 1992, Des Moines, Iowa, to Doug and Teri Johnson. She is an only child. As a kid, Shawn had the unusual habit of climbing cabinets and tables. As a result, her parents signed her up for gymnastics classes when she was just 3 years old. Three years later, she would begin training at Liang Chow’s newly opened gymnastics school in West Des Moines.
Her parents were right about her gymnastic abilities as Johnson improved rapidly in training. She trained for 25 hours per week as opposed to the recommended 40 hours. Nevertheless, with lesser than normal time dedicated to training, Johnson still managed to beat her peers.
In 2007, the year she turned pro, Johnson was awarded the Longines Prize for Elegance. She attended Valley High School but had to finish her high school education through home tutoring. In 2013, She got admitted to the Vanderbilt University but withdrew before classes began.
At 4 feet 11 inches tall, Shawn Johnson is not your tallest human being. However, the height was perfect for destiny as a celebrated gymnast.
Shawn Johnson’s Net Worth
Shawn Johnson was no doubt one of the most successful gymnasts of her time. Staging an incredible rookie year and snapping medals as she progressed. Her climax came at the 2007 Olympics, after which in 2008 she became the first gymnast to win the Teen Choice award for best female athlete of the year.
Johnson did receive cash for her several medals, but like with most gymnasts, the bulk of Johnson’s earnings come from her endorsement deals. Her immediate success and popularity made a highly sought after endorsement candidate. She did a TV commercial for midwest grocery chain Hy-Vee, headquartered in her native West Des Moines. She also appeared in commercials for Ortega and McDonald’s. Other big names on Johnson’s endorsement portfolio included Longines watch, Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Cover Girl, Nestle, Secret deodorant, Circuit City, Eukanuba, and InterContinental Hotels Group.
Johnson also banked from the proceeds of her book, “Shawn Johnson: Olympic Champion: Stories Behind the Smile” which was released in 2008. She has also released at least two other books. In 2009, Johnson became the winner of season eight of Dancing with the Stars.
Post-retirement, Johnson keeps busy with TV appearances and her YouTube channel Shawn Johnson East which she runs with her husband, NFL player Andrew East. She boasts over 500,000 subscribers.
With all of that said, Shawn Johnson’s net worth is estimated at $10 million.
Who is Shawn Johnson’s Husband
Shawn Johnson got married to NFL player Andrew East on April 16, 2016. Their wedding was an intimate one held outdoors on a private farm in Tennessee. Shawn and Andrew had met in 2013 after being introduced to each other by East’s brother who is also an athlete.
Two years after dating, East in July 2015 proposed to Shawn on the Wrigley Field right before a Chicago Cubs baseball game.
Andrew East was born on September 17, 1991, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is just one year older than Johnson. He attended Indianapolis (IN) North Central where he began playing football. After graduation, Andrew enrolled at Vanderbilt College where he played college football as a long snapper. After earning his undergraduate degree, East also earned a Masters of Business Administration from the same school.
He began his pro-football career with the Kansas City Chiefs on May 11, 2015. He was signed by the Oakland Raiders in April 2016 but was waived four months later. After getting signed and waived by the Los Angeles Rams, East returned to the Oakland Raiders. In January 2018, it was reported that the long snapper had signed a reserve/future contract with the Raiders.
Good thing Andrew is well educated, should his football career never get to take shape.
The couple lives in Nashville, Tennessee.