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Former Gymnast Shawn Johnson says she went through a “dark kind of spiral” after the 2008 Olympics, dabbling with weight-loss drugs and struggling with an eating disorder.

“As soon as the Olympics were over, and I didn’t have gymnastics, and I didn’t have the Olympics to work for, I quickly realized I had a self-confidence and self-image issues of, if I couldn’t maintain perfection, I would go to any and all cost to achieve it,” the 28-year-old said Saturday in a video posted to her YouTube channel.

Johnson, who won the gold medal for her performance on the balance beam, in addition to a silver medal for her floor program at the Beijing games, said she hit a “low spot” while adjusting to her post-Olympic life in the limelight.

“I had the spotlight put on me because of ‘Dancing with the Stars,’” Johnson said of her 2009 run on the ABC competition series.

“And during this time, I had to deal with not being an elite athlete, not training 50 hours a week, eating more than 700 calories a day, which naturally would let my body adjust and gain weight, which was healthy at the time, but I didn’t know how to handle it,” she continued.

Johnson — who was 16 when she competed in the Olympics — added she quickly gained about 15 pounds, which she considered “the worst thing in the entire world” at the time.

“When I went on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ I had my period for the first time, I had to deal with going through puberty on national television, I hit a very low spot,” she explained. “I started taking weight-loss pills, I started taking ephedrine, I started taking Adderall. I started doing anything and everything that I possibly could to lose weight and to look like I did at the Olympics.”

Shawn Johnson in 2008 (left) and 2018 (right)Getty Images

The 4-foot-11 athlete then “went through this dark kind of spiral of a few years on terrible medications and drugs that tried to spike [her] metabolism.” She recalled taking diuretics, attempting fad diets, and eating raw vegetables for three weeks straight. Johnson attributed her low point to a lack of purpose.

“Now that the Olympics were over, I didn’t know how to function as a normal human being,” Johnson said. “I didn’t know how to get on a straight path and have a purpose and a goal outside of the Olympics.”

Three years after the Olympics, Johnson hit another low point and decided to go back into training, falling back into the unhealthy habits that came with it.

“I was on the track to make the 2012 Olympic team, and I started just kind of burning out of my sport,” Johnson recalled, leading her to start taking “heavy doses of Adderall.”

“I continued to compete into 2012, where I just started to get depressed, I think as a consequence and a side effect of Adderall,” she shared.

At one point, Johnson said there was “nothing in [her] life that was healthy,” as she continued to argue with loved ones and was “overdosing” on Adderall. Prior to the 2012 Olympics in London, Johnson decided to call it a career.

“I remember going into practice one day and I was like, I can’t do this anymore,” Johnson said.

Shawn Johnson and Andrew EastGetty Images

In 2015, Johnson opened up about her struggles with an eating disorder, the same year she got engaged to Andrew East, an NFL long snapper. A year after they tied the knot, Johnson revealed in 2017 that she had miscarried, which she thought was a result of her past behavior.

“When I miscarried, I had this gut-wrenching feeling that it was because of my past,” she said. “I thought it was because of all those bad choices that I made that had caused me to miscarry and that would potentially cause me not to have a kid.”

In April of last year, Johnson announced she was pregnant again. And while she feared past insecurities, the former gymnast said life was all about “protecting” her unborn child.

“There was something that switched when I got pregnant, where it was no longer about me or my body or the vanity or the calories, or what I looked liked or what I weighed. I could’ve cared less, it was about protecting my baby,” Johnson said.

Johnson and East welcomed daughter Drew in the fall of 2019.

“Now with Drew, all I want to do is be a good influence,” Johnson said. “I’ve had these tough experiences that make me a stronger mom, that will allow me to teach Drew how to be strong as well.”

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Top-secret new Samsung phone accidentally revealed – and ‘iPhone killer’ has triple camera and golden stylus

SAMSUNG appears to have leaked an image of its latest smartphone onto its own website in a hilarious blunder.

The picture, which appeared on the official Samsung Russia website on Tuesday, shows what could be the firm's top-secret new Galaxy Note mobile.

3Samsung may have leaked a photo of its latest smartphone onto its website

Samsung has yet to acknowledge it's making the chunky device, thought to be called the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, but it's rumoured for release in October.

The alleged photo of the handset, which has now been taken down from Samsung's site, was posted to Twitter by tech guru Ishan Agarwal.

"Might just be our first look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone," the 17-year-old wrote.

"This picture of the Bronze/Copper Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was found on the official Russian website of Samsung."

Something weird!
Might just be our first look at the #Samsung #GalaxyNote20Ultra smartphone. This picture of the Bronze/Copper Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was found on the official Russian website of Samsung. Do you think its the actual render or concept used by a Samsung team? pic.twitter.com/bkZsD6MeJM

— Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) July 1, 2020

The image shows a large phone with squared-off edges with a shiny, bronze finish.

Like all of Samsung's Note series phones, the gadget has a stylus that users can wield to tap the screen in place of their finger.

A triple camera array pictured on the back resembles the three snappers on the rear of last year's Galaxy Note 10.

That nodule featured wide-angle and telephoto zoom lenses on top of the main camera – though Samsung may shake this array up for the Note 20.

3The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launched in August 2019Credit: The Sun

The image doesn't give us a look at the front of the phone, but it's safe to assume that'll boast Samsung's edge-to-edge "Infinity-O" display.

We're also expecting a dual selfie snapper like the one featured on the Note 10, which hit shelves in October 2019.

Samsung has yet to acknowledge the leaked image. The Sun has reached out to the South Korean firm for comment.

Samsung is rumoured to be working on as many as three versions of the Galaxy Note 20.

3A separate image of what some believe to be the Galaxy Note 20 (centre phone) leaked on Samsung's official website in April

They include an entry-level model, a larger Note 20+ and a souped-up Note 20 Ultra – the device the leaked photo is thought to show.

Rumours suggest the Note 20 Ultra will come with a 108-megapixel camera and cost somewhere in the region of £999 / $1099.

Of course, there's no way to confirm that the image actually shows the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, so take it with a pinch of salt for now.

We'll likely know more about the device when Samsung officially unveils it. The firm is expected to do so during an event in early August.

Samsung – a brief history

Here's what you need to know...

  • Samsung is a major South Korean company made up of many businesses that operate globally
  • It's known locally as a "chaebol", which means "business conglomerate"
  • It was founded by Lee Byung-chul in 1938 as a trading company
  • But over several decades, it branched out into food processing, insurance, textiles and retail
  • It wasn't until the late 1960s when Samsung entered the electronics industry – for which it's best known in the west today
  • It also launched businesses in construction and shipbuilding in the 1970s
  • Today, Samsung's most important sources of income are its smartphones and computer chips
  • The firm accounts for around a fifth of South Korea's total exports, and roughly 17% of the country's GDP
  • More than 320,000 staff are employed by Samsung globally
  • And in 2017, Samsung turned over the equivalent of £174billion today in revenue
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