Shawn Johnson

Shawn Johnson wants to do an Ironman, open her own gym

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Shawn Johnson‘s idea of retirement is a marathon, triathlon and an Ironman.

Johnson, the 2008 Olympic champion gymnast, has already run a half marathon and plans on doing a full marathon (26.2 miles), triathlon and an Ironman, she told Elle magazine.

“It’s on the list and it has to be crossed off one day,” she said.

An Ironman is a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run that takes the world’s best female competitors around 9 hours to complete. Johnson’s gymnastics routines were no longer than two minutes.

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Johnson, 21, is 4-foot-9 and launched a comeback attempt for the 2012 Olympics, shedding 25 pounds in the process, but retired one month before the Olympic trials.

Johnson said she first started running for longer than two minutes at a time after retiring, at night to clear her mind.

“I still have a hard time if someone tells me that I have to run 20 miles today — I don’t like that, and I will run, like, one mile,” she told the magazine. “But the next day if I feel stressed, I will go run 20 on my own.”

Johnson also said she’s ready to go to college, waiting on her acceptance letter, and plans to open her own gym in her hometown of West Des Moines, Iowa.

“It’s not really a gymnastics gym, it’s just a bunch of stuff under one roof,” she said. “Hopefully by next spring we are going to break ground finally.”

(h/t @OllieW)

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Elana Meyers Taylor crashes, brakewoman ejected (video)

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Two-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor‘s start to the World Cup bobsled season was both record-breaking and painful.

Meyers Taylor and brakewoman Kehri Jones had the fastest women’s start time ever recorded on the 2010 Olympic track in Whistler, B.C., on Saturday.

But only one of them made it to the finish.

Meyers Taylor crashed the sled during their first run, with the impact causing Jones to eject out the back and slide along the chute before coming to a stop.

Both athletes were able to walk off the track, according to U.S. Bobsled.

Meyers Taylor missed four races last season while receiving treatment for long-term effects from a January 2015 concussion. She returned to win at the last two stops.

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Diver Sammy Lee, first Asian-American male gold medalist, dies at 96

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18:  1948 and 1952 Olympic platform diving gold medalist Dr. Sammy Lee and Olympic diving hopeful Brittany Viola of the United States attend the Team USA Road to London 100 Days Out Celebration in Times Square on April 18, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for USOC)
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Dr. Sammy Lee, the first Asian-American man to win an Olympic gold medal and first male diver to repeat as Olympic champion, died of pneumonia at age 96 on Friday, according to the University of Southern California.

Lee was born in Fresno, Calif., of Korean parents.

He unretired from a medical career to compete in his first Olympics in London in 1948, after the Games took a 12-year break due to World War II.

Lee earned platform gold and springboard bronze in 1948 and then retired, unretired and defended his platform title in 1952. Lee and another Asian-American, Victoria Manolo-Draves, who had a Filipino father and English mother, both won diving titles in 1948, with Draves’ springboard gold coming first.

Lee also served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Korean War.

He succeeded despite facing racial discrimination. From TeamUSA.org:

When Sammy was growing up, non-whites could use the pool where he practiced one day a week, on Wednesdays only. And then, as he has told it, the pool would be emptied after the non-whites used it, and fresh water was brought in the next day.

When the pool was off-limits, Sammy practiced by jumping into a sand pile.

Lee went on to coach divers, including Greg Louganis, after his competitive career, and continued his medical work. He graduated from USC’s medical school in 1947.

He is a member of the U.S. Olympic and International Swimming Halls of Fame.

*Correction: An earlier version of this post erroneously reported Lee was the first Asian-American Olympic champion. He was the second.