Olympic Gold Medalist to speak at Truman State

Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson

Former U.S. Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson will be making a stop in the Heartland.

Johnson is scheduled to speak at Baldwin Auditorium at Truman State University on October 25th at 7p.m.

At the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, China, Johnson earned an individual gold medal in the balance beam and three silver medals in the individual all-around, floor exercise and team categories.

In 2009, Johnson became the youngest ever contestant on ABCâ??s Dancing with the Stars, where she danced her way to becoming the champion of season eight. In 2012, Johnson published her book, â??Winning Balanceâ?? and announced her retirement from competitive gymnastics following a knee injury.

Johnson will speak about her experience in the Olympic games, how they positively influenced her to inspire others and her passion for life after her knee injury.

The event is free for all attending. Tickets are available in the Student Activities Board office, located in the lower level of the Student Union Building.

For more information call (660)-785-4722.