Olympian Shawn Johnson’s advice to politicians: Work hard
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Shawn Johnson says gymnastics and politics don’t have much in common, but both fields reward those who put in the extra effort.

“I don’t know what advice would translate into politics except for working hard,” the four-time Olympic medalist says. Johnson took home the gold for her balance beam routine at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. 

ITK recently caught up with the “Dancing With the Stars” alum, who’s tying the knot in two months, ahead of the two-day WeddingWire World expo near Washington. 


The 24-year-old athlete is a native Iowan but said that doesn’t mean she’s a natural political junkie.

“We kind of, like, dread the caucuses,” Johnson said with a laugh of Hawkeye State residents, “just because so many people, like, flood to Iowa.”

While she has been following the 2016 presidential race — and teamed up back in 2011 with former Rep. Bruce BraleyBruce Lowell BraleyThe Memo: Trump attacks on Harris risk backfiring 2020 caucuses pose biggest challenge yet for Iowa's top pollster OPINION | Tax reform, not Trump-McConnell feuds, will make 2018 a win for GOP MORE (D-Iowa) to push for a kids’ fitness bill bearing her name — Johnson says she’s “not a very political person.”