Shannon Miller

Shannon Miller


3/10/1977, Rolla, Missouri

Birth Name

Shannon Lee Miller


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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Shannon Miller appears as herself in the Nintendo DS game Imagine: Gymnast.

    • Shannon's favorite book is The Bible.

    • Shannon's favorite TV shows are Psych and Burn Notice.

    • In 2008 Shannon appeared in a Cream of Wheat commercial with her 1996 Olympic team mate, Amanda Borden.

    • Shannon will be appearing in the 2008 Tour of Gymnastics Superstars sponsored by Disney.

    • Shannon appeared in a TV ad campain for Claritin allergy medication.

    • On June 9, 2008 Shannon was inducted into the Women's International Sport Hall of Fame, which was held at the Sports Museum of America in New York City.

    • In 2008 Shannon loaned all of her Olympic medals from the '92 and '96 Olympic Games (two gold, two silver, three bronze) to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. to be part of an exhibit on Olympic Spirit.

    • As a baby, Shannon wore a corrective shoe bar to fix a problem in her foot. Not only did she start crawling in the cast, but she defied all odds by taking her first steps shortly before her 2nd birthday, right on schedule.

    • Shannon has her own brand of leotards and gymnastics apparel called Shannon Miller Elite.

    • Shannon was featured in the photo essay Balancing Acts published in 1997.

    • After the 1996 Olympic Games, Shannon wrote a book, Winning Everyday, which is part autobiography, part inspirational advice.

    • Shannon competed in the 1992 Olympic Games with a screw in her elbow holding down a bone chip that had broken just a few weeks before the Olympic Games started.

    • Shannon started gymnastics in 1982.

    • Shannon ran the Olympic torch during the torch relay for the 1996 Olympic Games.

    • Shannon was coached by Steve Nunno at the Dynamo Gymnastics Club in Oklahoma.

    • Shannon lost the 1992 Olympic gold medal in the All-Around competition by the most narrow margin in history: only twelve hundredths of a point!d

    • Shannon is the first U.S. gymnast to win back-to-back World All-Around titles (1993 & 1994).

    • Shannon's father, Ron, is a professor of physics at the University of Central Oklahoma and uses tapes of Shannon performing gymnastics to illustrate the laws of physics to his students.

    • Shannon appeared in a commercial for the board game Trivial Pursuit.

    • Shannon is a member of the National Honor Society.

    • As of 2004, Shannon has been doing gymnastics commentary for NBC's High-Definition channel.

    • Shannon tried to make the Olympic team in 2000, but injuries forced her to withdraw from the Olympic Team Trials, destroying her hopes of going to her third Olympic Games.

    • Shannon Miller is considered America's most decorated gymnast, male or female.

    • Shannon was inducted into the National Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

    • Shannon has five Olympic medals in 1992: team bronze, All-Around silver, silver on beam, and bronze on bars and floor. She won two gold medals in 1996: team and balance beam.

  • Quotes

    • Shannon: I love school. I love educating myself and learning new things. It was a challenge -- and I'm always up for a challenge.

    • Shannon: [The craziest part of the Olympics] came after the competition was over. The media was insane. We had appearances, book deals, Wheaties boxes. We toured all over the country. It was unreal.

    • Shannon: I'm passionate about healthy children and a healthy future for our country and the world. Childhood obesity is such an epidemic in this country and across the world. We can do something about it, though. It's curable at this point. I just want to do my part to help.

    • Shannon: I love to do sports. I'll always try new things. When I stopped [competitive] gymnastics, I went skydiving and learned to scuba dive. I started golf and racquetball. I'm going to take up tennis next year.

    • [b]Shannon[/b]: When you retire at age 19, no one gives you a hand up on life, nobody tells you what to expect or what job to go get or how to use your skills. They just let you go.

    • (on retiring at the age of 19)
      Shannon: I went through a few years of, "What do I do now?" Now all of a sudden I have 40-plus extra hours in the week and I didn't know what to do with them.

    • Shannon: I'd like to tell kids that gymnastics is a great sport, because it helps you with the coordination, strength, and discipline you need for any sport. It teaches you the value of hard work, that it does pay off. I think it also teaches you about goal setting, which is very important. Your goal doesn't have to be to make the Olympics. Only seven girls will be on the team, out of a whole nation of gymnasts. There are other goals to pursue: college scholarships, national and international competitions. Most importantly, you have to get an education and prepare yourself for the world.

    • Shannon: I needed that balance. I was able to live a normal family life, which was extremely important to me. I did miss out on after-school activities, but I got so much from gymnastics that I don't feel like I made any sacrifices. I was able to keep my school friends from home, because I'd go to school with them all day.

    • Shannon: Most people dont know that when I was less than a year old, I had to wear this brace around the clock, taking it off only for baths. The doctor was amazed that I learned to crawl in the brace, and when it was taken off right before my first birthday, I walked a couple weeks later, right on schedule. My parents were amazed.

    • Shannon: (about competing in the 1996 Olympic Games) There were so many people I wanted to please. I mean, there you are, and you're alone, representing your state and your country, and you definitely want to please your coaches and family and make them proud. There are so many people who have invested their time and energy in what you and you alone are doing at that moment. So I was nervous at first, but once I decided that I would go out there and give one hundred percent, then I knew that everybody would be happy, no matter what happened.

    • (when asked how she can stay focused for the 1996 Olympics)
      Shannon: Most of what keeps me hanging in there is that it's going to be in the US.

    • (on being the favorite to win the 1994 World All-Around title)
      Shannon: I'm used to being the underdog--now after the [1992] Olympics it's a different role: coming into a competition on top.

    • (on performing in the professional gymnastics tours after the Olympics)
      Shannon: It's great. We're finally getting paid to do the sport that we love!

    • (on her gold medal-winning balance beam routine in 1996)
      Shannon: [When I landed] I knew that I'd done the best beam routine that I was capable of.

    • Shannon: As far as competitions go, I like to stay focused.

    • Shannon: I'm not a Mary Lou Retton--that's not my personality. I'm more quiet. But if you get to talking to me, I talk fine--I'll talk all day long!

    • (When asked how she will handle the pressure of the Olympics)
      Shannon: A beam's a beam.

    • (on her second place finish in the 1992 Olympic All-Around Competition)
      Shannon: For me it wasn't losing a gold medal; it was winning a silver. And that's the way I've always looked at it.