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Shawn Johnson Opens Up About Crippling Self Image From Gymnastics

Aug. 5 2019, Updated 8:42 p.m. ET

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Shawn Johnson is getting real about her gymnastics career. The former Olympian admits that the sport hurt her self image incredibly in the beginning.

"Gymnastics breeds perfectionism," Johnson told OKMagazine.com exclusively while promoting Philips Avent Brand.  "You strive your entire life for a perfect 10. And that's for a subjective judge to judge your appearance, your leotard, your performance, your smile, and give you what they would say is a perfect score."

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"When you train your entire life for a perfect score, you're criticizing every single thing about yourself," she added.

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