We asked the gold medal gymnast about her Olympics experience—and why people are so damn obsessed with watching gymnastics

By Kylie Gilbert
July 12, 2016

The name Shawn Johnson is pretty much synonymous with gymnastics royalty. At just 16 years old, she reached international fame when she took home four medals in Beijing at the 2008 Olympics (including gold on the balance beam). Since retiring from gymnastics in 2012, she's been busy writing a New York Times best-selling book, winning Dancing with the Stars, and marrying NFL player for the Oakland Raiders, Andrew East. (More :8 Need-to-Know Facts About the Rio-Bound U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team)

The good news is you can also get your dose of Johnson during this summer's Rio Olympics where she'll be serving as correspondent and gymnastics expert for Yahoo!. (She's also recently teamed up with Smucker's for their #PBJ4TeamUSA campaign, which helps to raise money for the U.S. Olympic Committee to support athletes as they attempt to qualify and compete on behalf of Team USA.)

We sat down with the Olympian and gymnastics legend in NYC for a speed round interview sesh to learn more about the most nerve-racking moment of her gymnastics career, her good luck charm, and more. We also got to ask, So, why are people so freaking obsessed with watching gymnastics?! "We defy gravity and make it look like it's the easiest thing in the world, and it's mesmerizing," she says. We couldn't agree more.