Former Olympian partners with American Egg Board

Gold medalist Shawn Johnson highlighting benefits of eggs during Rio Olympics.

As the best athletes in the world come together for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil, the American Egg Board (AEB) has partnered with former gymnastics gold medalist Shawn Johnson to spread the word about the advantages of eating eggs as a competitive athlete.

“I literally can’t start my day without eggs, and that’s why I’m excited to partner with America’s egg farmers,” said Johnson, a Des Moines, Iowa, native. “Eggs are packed with high-quality protein and are a nutritional powerhouse – perfect for fueling athletes, like me, and people with active lifestyles.”

Johnson made eggs a part of her morning routine while training for competitions around the world, from which she took home several medals, including gold. She also went on to win “Dancing with the Stars” in 2009. Years later, Johnson continues to enjoy eggs for both breakfast and a snack.

Throughout the month of August, Johnson will participate in a series of media interviews on behalf of AEB. She will also share videos and photos about the protein benefits of the incredible egg on her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms, which reach more than 2 million people.

“Athletes worldwide recognize the importance of protein, especially for breakfast,” said Anne Alonzo, president and chief executive officer of AEB. “We are thrilled to partner with Shawn Johnson to show how the nutrition package of eggs can help athletes achieve peak performance when they need it most.”

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