Shannon Miller remains one of the most decorated gymnasts in history with seven Olympic medals—two gold, two silver, and three bronze. She is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame –twice! As an individual in 2006, and team in 2008.
Shannon won an astounding 59 International and 49 National competition medals. Over half of these were gold. She is the first US gymnast to win two World All-Around Titles, and her tally of five medals (two silver, three bronze) at the 1992 Olympics was the most medals won by a US athlete in any sport. At the ’96 Games, she led the “Magnificent Seven” to the US Women’s first ever Team Gold, and for the first time for any American gymnast, she captured Gold on the Balance Beam.
After retiring from Olympic competition, Shannon received her undergraduate degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and her law degree from Boston College.
Shannon remains a part of the gymnastics and Olympic communities as an analyst and commentator. In 2010, she launched her own company devoted to helping women make their health a priority. She continues to travel the country as a highly sought-after motivational speaker on topics ranging from The Gold Medal Mindset, to cancer and survivorship, and the importance of health and fitness.
In January of 2011, Shannon was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. She had the baseball-size tumor removed successfully and followed up with an aggressive chemotherapy regimen. Shannon has remained open and public about her diagnosis and treatment and continues to empower women to make their health a priority. Shannon is currently cancer-free and continues to be a strong advocate for early detection, awareness, research and survivorship. Shannon’s book, It’s Not About Perfect: Competing for My Country and Fighting for My Life, is her inspirational memoir written to encourage and empower others to break through and overcome their own personal challenges.