May 21, 2020
Shannon Miller is widely recognized as one of the iconic
gymnasts of USA's Magnificent Seven 1996 Olympic team. Two decades
later, she remains as one of the most decorated American
gymnast in history. Yet, even the greatest of champions face
uncontrollable factors -- like a rare cancer
Today, this mother of two, author, sought-after speaker +
survivor shares some of her contagious focus + determination.
You'll learn her perspective on some of the most memorable moments
of her gymnastics career, her devotion to advocating for women's
health + how she empowers others to breakthrough personal
- "I didn't realize training 6-7 hours a day wasn't normal." -
Shannon on growing up in Oklahoma.
- Shannon credits her parents in keeping her balanced + humbled
- At 9-years-old, Shannon idolized the older gymnasts she trained
alongside before learning about Mary Lou Retton and Nadia
- "I was never one of those kids that thought 'I want to
be an Olympic gold medalist.' It was always about making it to the
next step. I had an important focus on what do I do today
to get there."
- As long as you're willing to work hard, anything is
- Just weeks away from the 1992 Olympic Trials, Shannon broke +
dislocated her left elbow after a potential career-ending mistake.
Instead of giving up, she focused forward + became a more
well-rounded + driven athlete than before.
- Instead of allowing the pressure to overwhelm 15-year-old
Shannon at the 1992 Olympics, she changed the narrative in her mind
to use the crowd + circumstances at supportive motivation.
- Shannon earned two silver and three bronze medals at the 1992
Summer Olympics, securing the record for most medals won at a
single Olympic Games without winning gold.
- Although Shannon missed out on an all-around gold medal by the
closest margin in Olympic history, finishing 0.012 points shy, she
only sees the positive in the accomplishment.
- "It's not about the medals. You give 100% + do your best."
- "There is no Olympic medalist that stands up on that
podium alone. You don't get there by yourself." Shannon
credits her not only her fellow gymnasts but the broader team of
parents, coaches, physicians, teachers and community in her
- During the 1996 Olympics, Shannon was part of Magnificent
Seven, recognized for their camaraderie, enthusiasm, spark +
unlikely triumph in winning the first team Olympic gold medal for
- At 19-years-old, Shannon retired from competitive gymnastics to
focus on her education.
- In February 2011, Shannon was diagnosed with a rare form of
ovarian cancer motivating her focus on the importance of
- Live Inspired community member Jody F. asked Shannon: When was
your darkest time + what would you tell someone listening trying to
come back to the light?
SHANNON MILLER'S LIVE
1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? I'm
an avid reader so I can't commit to just one.
2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed
as a child that you wish you still exhibited
today? Focus. As a child, I was able to focus on two
things: school + gymnastics. As an adult, we're pulled in a million
directions, every minute, every day.
3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people
are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one
item. What would it be? My computer for my
photos, but that's backed up. There is nothing worth going back
into a burning house to get.
4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous
beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with
anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My
5. What is the best advice you’ve ever
received? Focus your energy. Today my goal is to help
one woman focus on her health.
6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old
self? Ride the wave. Life will give you ups and
downs. Hold on tight and keep going.
7. It’s been said that all great people can have their
lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to
read? Shannon Miller is someone who focused on faith,
family and doing her very best each day.
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