“My Body Transitioned and I Really Struggled” | Shawn Johnson East on Women of Impact


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  • Sydney Cummings
    Sydney Cummings  3 days back

    What a great interview!!! I completely relate to feeling lost after my athletic career! My career ended after college and not the Olympics but it truly is a loss of purpose and passion and the uncertainty of how to proceed makes you question who you are! Thank you for this lovely interview!

    • Women of Impact
      Women of Impact   1 days back

      Sydney Cummings pleasure! Glad you could relate 💕💕

  • Michelle Shearer
    Michelle Shearer  3 days back

    what a brilliant interview , Shawn is so down to earth and real . The interviewer is very talented and conducted this in an excellent manner .

  • Jairene Sereno
    Jairene Sereno  4 days back

    She would make a fantastic motivational speaker! She’s pretty wise for her age.

    • Rose K
      Rose K  1 weeks back

      This interview wasn't what I expected. It just kind of healed me....I thought I was a coward for leaving softball after picturing injury made me start to hesitate. I didnt know this was a real thing that happened, but it makes so much sense.

    • Ally Kay
      Ally Kay  2 weeks back

      I really relate to this I identified myself as a preemie because I was born premature, which I was, but ever since I was 12 I told people I wanted to be a nurse ( neonatal nurse) that took care of babies just like me. I even was interviewed and there is an article about my journey and plans for my future. However, I am realizing now that I could do this career and love it but it would cause me some mental, emotional and physical health issues which my birth has affected me with but working in this career would add to the pain. Now I am trying to mourn this life I planned out with the life I was afraid to dream with careers I was too scared to tell people that's what I wanted to do with the fear of failing as a songwriter, another career within the health field or a professional speaker. I love you YouTube channel and you are going to be a great mama to your baby girl.

      • Women of Impact
        Women of Impact   1 weeks back

        Ally Kay thank you for sharing lovely! Keep going. You have so much beauty ahead! And don’t worry if you’re not sure exactly what you want to do with your career. Life has a funny way of figuring it out 🙏🏻💕

      • Ally Kay
        Ally Kay  2 weeks back

        aah this video has literally helped me so much!! I'm only 16 but I've grown up feeling guilty and putting pressure on myself to do my best. I would feel guilty because not all babies are as lucky as me being born at 25 weeks to survive... I got to the point where I would ask God why me and not that other baby... while I am blessed to be alive a lot of my struggles I have had and am overcoming is because of my birth and view point of seeing the world differently. Thanks Shawn for being vulnerable.

    • Kayla Zhang
      Kayla Zhang  2 weeks back

      And now we know she was secretly pregnant with her baby girl during this amazing heartfelt interview! <3

      • yoyohooyo
        yoyohooyo  3 weeks back

        She has always been a cutie pie. Think positive as life kicks your butt

        • Sophie Ayer
          Sophie Ayer  4 weeks back

          how does this not have more views this was such a good interview and Shawn is an amazing person

          • Jamie Ward
            Jamie Ward  4 weeks back

            I have never had a miscarriage but I am struggling to even get pregnant, I am going through the same thing Shawn went through blaming herself. Even though its not my fault I blame myself for not being pregnant, for not being able to do the one thing a woman should be able to do. I have had so many ups and downs over the past 3 years. It has been so hard and still is but watching Shawn and seeing how strong she is helps.

            • Women of Impact
              Women of Impact   4 weeks back

              Jamie Ward thank you so much for sharing! How brave of you. One thing... you are NOT to blame and no less of a woman for struggling to get pregnant. Please be kind to yourself. Sending love 💕

          • theresa42213
            theresa42213  2 months back

            Bloody good gymnast man!!!!!

            • Elizabeth R
              Elizabeth R  2 months back

              Such a thick and amazing intro of Shawn 😢🥰👏🏽

              • ali krier
                ali krier  2 months back

                Is there a written version of this interview out there? I've looked and haven't seen one. Please let me know!!

                • Fushiginhoca
                  Fushiginhoca  2 months back

                  Amazing interview xD

                  • A A
                    A A  2 months back

                    I was her number one fan in 2008 Beijing. She was the cutest and most talented.

                    • Mission Impossible
                      Mission Impossible  3 months back

                      Beautiful interview. I’m a former gymnast who had to retire after being an elite gymnast and just coming up short of the Olympics due to injuries. I’m still overcoming it all and this video was something positive to look back on. Thank you.

                      • Women of Impact
                        Women of Impact   2 months back

                        Mission Impossible glad it resonated with you lovely 😊💗

                    • Subhash Nisarta
                      Subhash Nisarta  3 months back

                      Thanks I have listened both of your conversation about women impact, and perfectly on the point.
                      So I am totally mind set because of all the experience has happened in my life and I don't want to repeat it it is sure that I can judge any of the situation and what to do next thinking about it I got solution any of them but meanwhile I take too much rest of my mind and than taking any decision making myself that is the main reason
                      On the other hand I have no any of the disturbing of the person at my house so I can think in peaceful atmosphere.
                      So I am happy with any condition.

                      • Mona Mona
                        Mona Mona  3 months back

                        This interviewer is AMAZING. How she doesn’t have more followers is beyond me.
                        She’s very good at interviewing. And Shawn is amazing. She’s actually answering the questions straight forward rather than beating around the bush

                      • S A M A N T H A. P H A N T O M

                        A true gem of this earth. Shawn is inspiring and so true to herself it’s amazinf

                        • Angelina Tenuto
                          Angelina Tenuto  4 months back

                          Shawn Johnson is such an amazing person!

                          • noviadelaluna
                            noviadelaluna  5 months back

                            I have been watching there videos recently and really love their chemistry and honesty. I too went through miscarriage and seeing how they too felt how we felt on our first pregnancy helped. I am excited for their baby to come and I hope I am able to celebrate the same soon.

                            • frauleinunbekannt
                              frauleinunbekannt  5 months back

                              This is awesome. Shawn is so perceptive and honest, and she reaches people way beyond gymnastics.

                              • Coach S
                                Coach S  5 months back

                                The pink needs to go. Why are we still playing to male and female stereotypes in the 21st century?

                                • E Long
                                  E Long  5 months back

                                  It was interesting when she talked about how she couldn’t block out the pain anymore and she knew if was time to retire. The mind is so powerful

                                  • kidist Amare
                                    kidist Amare  5 months back

                                    again thankyou both

                                    • topnotchhumanoid1
                                      topnotchhumanoid1  6 months back

                                      This video got me up off my feet. I've been down for so long but the way she arms you with healthy thoughts is everything. Thanks for this.

                                      • TeeLexieee
                                        TeeLexieee  6 months back

                                        Loved this. Shawn is so real and humble ! Hard to come by these days.

                                      • Terri Mitchell
                                        Terri Mitchell  6 months back

                                        Lisa, you are such a sensitive interviewer, and I really appreciate that YOU have your own channel. I love Tom's Channel, however I have been in NEED of hearing a woman (who, like me has not had kids) be open to hearing from women in very different situations, and women whose lives inspire. Thank you. And Thank you to Shawn for being honest, vulnerable and telling a really fascinating story of her life.

                                      • Ashani DeSilva
                                        Ashani DeSilva  6 months back

                                        I just started my own company in technical recruiting. Grew up in Richmond, CA, had no money, now I am on track to make $300k! I can help tons of people do the same. Unfortunately, I do not have an Instagram, can you please start a group on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook? Hoping to be featured on a show like this someday, when I deserve it!

                                        • Women of Impact
                                          Women of Impact   6 months back

                                          Ashani DeSilva we’re working on it 😉 and... LOVE THE GOAL 🙌🏻🙏🏻💥

                                      • Sharon Kende
                                        Sharon Kende  7 months back

                                        Love this. Shawn you are an inspriration. Sad that you ended your career early but everyone sees why.

                                        • ANTIQUEFOTOS
                                          ANTIQUEFOTOS  7 months back

                                          I'm amazed she didn't have a nervous breakdown!

                                          • Jia maria
                                            Jia maria  7 months back

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                                            • carol marcos
                                              carol marcos  7 months back

                                              What a beautiful person Shawn is, and she also has one hot husband!

                                              • CHSwildcats19
                                                CHSwildcats19  7 months back

                                                What a great interviewer! She actually lets the person speak without interrupting them ... and the conversation flows naturally, without awkward transitions & referring to questions on notecards. It's perfect because the audience focuses on the guest and what they are saying, instead of the interviewer constantly calling attention to themselves. Great job!

                                              • mrsmerrithew
                                                mrsmerrithew  7 months back

                                                Wow, Lisa you have such compassion and empathy when you interview. This was so great. I suffer with body image as well and Shawn really shared so much of herself, her battles, triumphs and finding her place in this world. It gave me some peace and allowed me to finally accept that I am enough.

                                                • Women of Impact
                                                  Women of Impact   7 months back

                                                  mrsmerrithew this is incredible!! Good for you! SO happy to have been a part of your journey 🙏🏻❤️

                                              • Calvin Miguel
                                                Calvin Miguel  7 months back

                                                Tom and you should make a tutorial on how to lead a great interview! I love how you guys get out the most precious jewel out of your guests. Incredible!

                                                • Tim & Dee Worley
                                                  Tim & Dee Worley  7 months back

                                                  As a Gen X'er, it's so nice to hear a Millennial speak without saying 'like' every other word. As a 'retired' USA national team member gymnast, I'm grateful that Shawn can so eloquently describe what it's like to be a prodigy in one of the most relentlessly demanding (and rewarding) sports in the world. Well done, Shawn. Blessings!

                                                  • Adeline
                                                    Adeline  3 months back

                                                    You're very rude to suggest that most millennials say "like" every other word, and to imply that you are superior because of it. Gen X'ers aren't more articulate or more intelligent than millennials. You just come from a completely different world of slang and jargon and social interaction. If you had been born 20 years later, I guarantee you wouldn't speak exactly the same way you do now.

                                                  • Women of Impact
                                                    Women of Impact   7 months back

                                                    Worley Global Enterprises aww 🥰 this is lovely! Thank you for your comment ❤️

                                                • Kari's Wanderlust
                                                  Kari's Wanderlust  7 months back

                                                  Everytime someone asks why she quit gymnastics she tells a another reason 😅. First the coach told her she would never accomplish the Olympics again. Then it was God tolling her during a practice one day. Then it was injury.

                                                  • T London
                                                    T London  7 months back

                                                    Shawn is so intelligent. wow!

                                                  • Melesse636
                                                    Melesse636  7 months back

                                                    21:17 Shawn describes the feeling of being on the podium after winning her gold medal and the feeling of being torn in two different directions.

                                                    It reminds me strongly of how I felt dropping off my daughter at her first apartment and then driving home without her. Proud, excited, hopeful and at the same time really sad & scared for her. The way Shawn explains it is the most articulate I’ve seen. It resonates.

                                                    • Women of Impact
                                                      Women of Impact   7 months back

                                                      Melesse636 thank you so much for sharing. Totally see the parallels and glad you got something from the episode ❤️💜

                                                  • Danielle Stuller
                                                    Danielle Stuller  7 months back

                                                    This was such a wonderful interview! She has always been such an amazing role model. I also watch their YouTube channel and she is so genuine!

                                                    • Women of Impact
                                                      Women of Impact   7 months back

                                                      Danielle Stuller 🙏🏻 so glad you thought so! And agreed, really genuine, beautiful couple ❤️

                                                  • ParTAYtrain
                                                    ParTAYtrain  7 months back

                                                    Wow. Totally dissed Retton and others with the "first muscular gymnast" comment. And by the way, now that Biles has shown such domination, short gymnasts don't get to tell this sob story anymore. Just saying.

                                                    • Annie chamber
                                                      Annie chamber  7 months back

                                                      wow this was just incredible. They both just interacted so well together and Shawn is just so strong and I just loved listening to what she had to say. She articulated everything so well! x

                                                      • Women of Impact
                                                        Women of Impact   7 months back

                                                        Annie chamber so glad you thought so! 🙌🏻🙏🏻

                                                    • Ayigari Jijje
                                                      Ayigari Jijje  7 months back

                                                      Outstanding interviewer, I could see the emotional responses in her eyes when Shawn was speaking !

                                                    • Chris Newbie
                                                      Chris Newbie  7 months back

                                                      Amazing interviewer and athlete !!

                                                    • Mark Boron
                                                      Mark Boron  7 months back

                                                      Love Shawn, what a great role-model. Also, this interviewer is superb as well! Thumbs up

                                                      • Women of Impact
                                                        Women of Impact   7 months back

                                                        Mark Boron awesome! So glad you enjoyed 🙏🏻

                                                    • Kari G
                                                      Kari G  8 months back

                                                      The interviewer is extraordinary as well. I felt like I was sitting on the couch with you both. It felt so comfortable and real.

                                                      • Women of Impact
                                                        Women of Impact   8 months back

                                                        Kari G Aww 🥰 Thank you! So glad you enjoyed the episode and felt so at home with us ❤️

                                                    • Kari G
                                                      Kari G  8 months back

                                                      This was one of the best interviews I've seen. Shawn Johnson has a new purpose. She needs to keep talking. Wow, what a wonderful role model for women.

                                                      • mzprincessrae
                                                        mzprincessrae  8 months back

                                                        Great interview 👍🏽 absolutely love Shawn Johnson