What's buzzing:

Fourth-Place Medal

Shawn Johnson lost 25 pounds after ‘hurtful’ fat talk

Fourth-Place Medal

Shawn Johnson in 2010 (L) and last week on 'Today'

Gold medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson gained, then lost, 25 pounds during her three-year break from international competition, she told reporters on Monday.

The 20-year-old, who won three silver medals and one gold in Beijing and is attempting a comeback for London, discussed the weight gain, and her subsequent body image problems at the USOC media summit on Monday. She said her fluctuating weight led to "hurtful" comments in the tabloids.

[Video: Shawn Johnson's Olympic inspiration ]

"That whole process kind of broke me down and taught me something," she said, according to USA Today. "People put too much emphasis on looks."

Even when she was at the top of the gymnastics world, Johnson battled weight issues. "I was at the Olympic Games winning medals and I still doubted my image," she said. "I doubted what I looked like. That's sad. Girls should be taught different than that. I think everyone should be taught different than that."

Johnson put on the weight after the 2008 Olympics and her 2009 victory on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." She tore her ACL during a freak skiing accident in early 2010 and added some heft to her athletic 4-foot-9 frame. Johnson said she'd perform Internet searches for her name and was horrified at the results.

[Photos: Shawn Johnson through the years ]

She's not a certainty to make the U.S. team but is excited for the opportunity to compete for a spot at the upcoming Olympic trials.

"I'm getting stronger on a daily basis," she told Fox Sports last week. "I'm excited for June. This time around, I've taken a whole new approach and mentality."

More Olympic news from Yahoo! Sports:

Other popular content on the Yahoo! network:
Jeff Passan: Who's most likely to land Josh Hamilton in free-agency?
Cleveland Browns' Joe Haden takes jilted teen to prom
Derided coach Vinny Del Negro sounds off after Clippers' Game 7 win
Shine: Breastfeeding mom from controversial Time cover defends photo

View Comments (9728)
  • Plekanec to captain Czech World Cup team

    Plekanec to captain Czech World Cup team

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Tomas Plekanec has been chosen captain of the Czech Republic's team for the World Cup of Hockey. … More »

    AP - Sports - 30 minutes ago
  • Kaepernick: Anthem sitting will continue

    Kaepernick: Anthem sitting will continue

    Defiant, and determined to be a conduit for change, Colin Kaepernick plans to sit through the national anthem for as long as he feels is appropriate and until he sees significant progress - specifically when it comes to race relations in the United … More »

    AP - Sports - 55 minutes ago
  • Ariya Jutanugarn wins in Canada for 5th LPGA Tour title

    Ariya Jutanugarn wins in Canada for 5th LPGA Tour title

    Five months after giving away a major championship with a late meltdown, Ariya Jutanugarn ran away with the Canadian Pacific Women's Open at chilly Priddis Greens for her fifth victory in 10 events. Jutanugarn made a 12-birdie putt on the final … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 4 minutes ago
  • What to watch Monday at US Open: Djokovic, Nadal left wrists

    What to watch Monday at US Open: Djokovic, Nadal left wrists

    All eyes will be on a very important pair of left wrists during Day 1 of the U.S. Open - those belonging to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Defending champion Djokovic, a righty, uses his secondary arm for a two-handed backhand. Nadal, of course, … More »

    AP - Sports - 8 hours ago
  • Fowler mishap sends Johnson to Ryder Cup

    Fowler mishap sends Johnson to Ryder Cup

    Rickie Fowler lost the lead, the tournament and a guaranteed spot on the Ryder Cup team. Right when it looked as though Zach Johnson had played his way off the U.S. team, Fowler squandered a chance to earn the eighth and final automatic spot when … More »

    AP - Sports - 13 hours ago