Shawn Johnson East brings daughter to Chow’s Gymnastics & Dance


Look out, Simone Biles and Suni Lee. There may be another future US Olympic gymnast in our midst.

Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson East, 30, returned with her husband, Andrew East, and family to her former training gym in West Des Moines. Only this time, it was her daughter Drew’s turn to take center stage on the balance beam.

Drew, 2, and Johnson East’s son, Jett, who turns 1 this month, also met their mother’s Olympic gymnastics coach Liang Chow in what Johnson East called a “full-circle moment.”

Johnson East shared the 10-minute vlog with her 1.4 million YouTube subscribers Monday. By Thursday, the video had been watched nearly 300,000 times.

Johnson East grew up in central Iowa and trained at Chow’s Gymnastics & Dance in West Des Moines for 15 years. Chow was Johnson East’s first and only gymnastics coach; he trained her for the 2008 Beijing Games, where she took gold in the balance beam and three silver medals.

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