Former Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson to speak at Marquette

Marquette University Student Government will resume its speaker series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2014, in the Varsity Theatre with Olympic Gold Medal gymnast Shawn Johnson.

Johnson, a Des Moines native, rose to stardom as the media-dubbed “greatest hope” for American gymnastics in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Johnson, a two-time national champion, earned a Gold Medal in the Women’s Balance Beam in addition to three Silver Medals at the games. Following an appearance on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2009, Johnson suffered an injury that led to her retirement from competitive gymnastics in June 2012.

As the first speaker of the New Year, Johnson will inspire with her story of a challenging road to success, the pressures faced as a young woman and word-class gymnast and the lessons she learned in dealing with a johnson_dgsq1_EDIT-01career-ending injury.

Johnson will also speak about her work as a philanthropist and spokeswoman, and how she works as a role model through a mentoring program that teaches young gymnasts about nutrition, mental strength and motivation.

Tickets for the event will be available on Wednesday, January 22, and can be picked up in the Center for Leadership, Service and Involvement located on the first floor of the AMU in room 137.

Marquette students and staff must present their MUID in order to pick up their free ticket, and a number of public tickets will be available on a first-come, first- serve basis.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

All Marquette students  and the surrounding community are invited to join MUSG in welcoming this Olympic star to share her remarkable story and learn how she strives to “be the difference.”

For more information on MUSG’s news and events, visit or the MUSG office, AMU 133. For additional updates, like MUSG on Facebook and follow MUSG on Twitter.


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