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Shawn Johnson Hits Ski Slopes, Talks About Opening West Des Moines Gym

The Olympic gold-medal gymnast talked to reporters in Aspen, CO, recently about her plans to open a gym in West Des Moines.

Shawn Johnson returned to skiing this week at the X Games in Aspen -- undeterred by the sport that destroyed her left knee and ended her hopes to return on the London 2012 Olympic Games.

"I love it. I miss it. What better place to start again than the X Games," she said to USA Today. "Amazing. I miss the mountain. I love the snow. I love the mountains, so it felt great."

Since her retirement in June, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist has appeared on a second season of Dancing With the Stars and been working on a variety of projects. None has her more excited than a gym that she plans to open with Woodward Camp in West Des Moines this year, the newspaper reports.

Johnson said the facility will be a place for children to try a variety of sports from BMX to gymnastics. She said she'll be helping to design the curriculum.

"I've never been this excited about a project," Johnson told USA Today. "Kids and fitness and exercise and having the freedom to learn what you want to do is kind of my passion. I feel like gymnastics was a little restrictive in not allowing me to have freedom and to be able to give that option is our main focus."

Earlier DWTS Season 15 Coverage on Patch:

Shawn Johnson on ‘Dancing with the Stars’: Seven Unforgettable Story Lines in November

'Dancing With the Stars' Final Results 2012: And the Winner Is …

'Dancing With the Stars' Results Nov. 20: Did Shawn Johnson Make It to the Championsip Round?

'Dancing With the Stars' Results Nov. 19: How Did Shawn Johnson's Slinky Tango Rate With Judges?

'Dancing With the Stars' Results: Any Missteps for Shawn Johnson on Salute to Veterans Night?

Dancing with the Stars Results: Did West Des Moines Native Shawn Johnson Survive?

Dancing With the Stars Results: Did Shawn Johnson Get the Boot on Country Night?

Dancing With the Stars Results: Shawn Johnson Has Judges Squabbling

Did Shawn Johnson Survive to Dance Another Week?

Dancing with the Stars Results: Shawn Johnson Scores Three Perfect 10s

Dancing with the Stars Results: Shawn Johnson Gets 'Best Dance Ever' Raves from Judges

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