US gymnast Shawn Johnson inspired by school


At 14, Shawn Johnson wanted to be treated like every other pupil at her school in Iowa, USA. That's easier said than done when you've just returned from the Beijing Olympics with a gold medal around your neck.

Two years later, and now a national celebrity, Shawn's back in the gym, working hard to try and replicate her success at London 2012. Shawn tells BBC World Class how her school supported and inspired her to chase her Olympic dreams.

Shawn's schools are being twinned as part of the Olympic Dream School Search, a competition that gives schools in the UK a chance to twin with schools attended by World Olympic Dreams athletes.

Find out more about the Olympic Dreams School Search Take a look at more athletes and their schools Go to World Class homepage

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