Shawn Johnson's poems:
To relieve the stress of rising to her own self-expectations, Johnson exerts herself in a less physical realm: She writes poetry.
“It’s just a way for me to express my feelings and kind of share with people things I’ve gone through,” she told Vieira.
One of her poems reads: “The sky is the limit and with the moon as its guide … as no one could predict how high one could travel with the hard work put in … to become a champion.”
To Johnson, the message is simple — the sky really is the limit. “You can do anything and go anywhere if you put your heart into it,” she said. “You always ask yourself, ‘Am I doing enough? Am I putting enough hours in? Am I doing the right thing? Is it worth it?’