Po lil thang.
The Olympic gold medalist announced her retirement Sunday, saying repeated setbacks with her left knee made contending for a spot at the London Games impossible, and left her fearful she was putting her long-term health at risk.
“It just little by little gets worse and worse,” Johnson told The Associated Press. “My body is to the point where I need time to rest and retire so I can be healthy for the rest of my life. It’s hard to wrap my mind around. Gymnastics has been my entire life, and now it’s no more.”
“It’s been a really hard decision. How can you tell yourself, `No, I think it’s time to say it’s finally done?’” said Johnson, 20. “I’d like to be 30 and have kids and run around with them. It became more about my future life than this future one moment. I’m looking at the bigger picture of things.”
I’m sad for her and all because she seems like a really nice girl. But. I get inexplicably wrapped up in gymnastics faux-rivalries so I’ve been Team Liukin from the jump. Like, Shannon Miller? I hated her. Team Dominique Dawes to this day. I can’t tell you why I hated Shannon so much, but everytime she stuck a landing I was like “ugh, here this bitch go again, being good and shit.”
(God, who am I? I am so ridiculous. I am a grown ass man being fabulous in NYC, emotionally invested in 10-year-olds on a reality show about a dance studio.)
But anyway, bye Shawn. Go to college and have some babies. Nastia is working on her Olympic comeback anyway and my girl is definitely ready to get her shine on again.
PS: Am I the only one who thinks she looks like Mighty Mouse?
A totally cute Mighty Mouse, but forreal though. Tyra would definitely instruct her to spend some time working on her angles in front of a mirror.