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Shawn Johnson East's exciting new career is earning her more than her Olympic heyday (and she's having a blast)

Shawn Johnson East, Iowa’s homegrown Olympic gymnast and reality TV star, has found a new way to earn gold.  Much to her surprise. And much to my surprise, as well. Suddenly, she and I were speaking the common jargon of modern digital media and the constant struggle to attract and retain an audience.  A decade ago, East, now 25, earned gold and silver medals with precision gymnastics routines. Her effort would build up to a single moment of competition in which a handful of expert judges determined her fate.  But now she earns gold from casual, barely scripted scenes from her everyday life with her husband, Andrew East, who played NFL football. The couple, based in Nashville and 1½ years into marriage, has joined the ranks of social ...