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Shannon Miller remains the most decorated Olympic gymnast in United States history with 7 Olympic medals.(2 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze) She is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame–Twice! (Individual (2006) and Team (2008))Shannon has won an astounding 59 International and 49 National competition medals. Over half of these have been gold. She is the first US gymnast to win 2 World All-Around Titles. Her tally of five medals (2 silver, 3 bronze) at the 1992 Olympics was the most medals won by a US athlete in any sport. At the’96Games, 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 the 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, Shannon launched her 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 to the importance of health and fitness.
In January of 2011, Shannon was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. She had the baseball sized 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’spassion is to help encourage and empower others to break through and overcome their own personal challenges with the Gold Medal Mindset, a mindset that we can all attain. Shannon is a mother of two, cancer survivor, author, and sports analyst but she will forever be remembered for her focus, work ethic, and determination.See keynotes with Shannon Miller
Shannon discusses how the gold medal mindset leads to victory on the competition floor, in the boardroom, and in our personal lives. With seven Olympic medals, Shannon utilizes her critical insight to share what it takes to be a winner: the importance of goal setting, leadership, maintaining a positive attitude, and teamwork.
We will all be touched by cancer at some point whether it is you, a loved one, a friend, or a co-worker. The cancer journey is a unique one for each of us, but it is one that we can follow with dignity and strength. Shannon shares her own cancer journey and how she used lessons learned through her Olympic training to forge ahead in the midst of the most challenging obstacles.
While much of the world is telling you, “Don’t eat this. Don’t do that,” gold medal Olympian and health advocate, Shannon Miller, shares her message of “everything in moderation”. Most of us do not have 4 hours a day to work out, but that doesn’t mean we should give up. Eating healthy doesn’t mean giving up everything that you love. Shannon shares the importance of making small changes that have a big impact on your overall health.
Shannon was gracious and very approachable throughout the evening. Very professional; great image. Our Rotary President, James Jeffers (husband of Robin Jeffers, our chair of the Chamber this year) recently told a great story at Rotary. He said having Shannon as the Chamber keynoter was so appropriate for them as a couple that owns J&R Gymnastics and Robin kicking off her year as Chamber Chair of the Board. Not just for that tie in, but that in 1992 they started their gymnastics business. That same year was when Shannon was in the 1992 Olympics and gymnastics gained in popularity, thus helping them purchase their first gym. It was not air conditioned. In 1996, after the success of Shannon and her teammates at the 92 Olympics, they could afford to put in air conditioning due to the popularity of gymnastics. Business boomed. Multiply that impact around the country! However, you didn’t need to own a gymnastics business to benefit from Shannon’s remarks Jan. 26 at our 99th Chamber banquet. Her message of goal setting and perserverance was inspiring to all 800 attendees. In my 30 years here, I have not received as many complimentary remarks about not only Shannon’s speech, but also how gracious she was prior to the event in giving autographs. The line went around the room and I had to cut it short to be able to start the program on time. Our Chamber is over 2,400 members strong, is responsible for the tourism and economic development in our community, and our annual meetings are THE event of the year each year. Having Shannon Miller speak at your event will provide you a “home run” to kick start your year.
Shannon was fantastic! Shannon was inspiring, engaging and a beautiful speaker, she also encouraged photos with our guests. Thank you, Shannon.
Shannon was very thorough in her speech and touched the hearts of those listening to her.
Your recently published book was titled It’s Not About Perfect: Competing for My Country and Fighting for My Life? Why is life “not about perfect”?
I titled the book “It’s Not About Perfect” because I think it really encapsulates my view on life right now. It wasn’t always that way. In gymnastics, I was always driven by perfection; the perfect landing, the perfect toe point, the perfect score. During my twenties, I faced many of the issues young women everywhere face feeling that I needed to have the perfect hair, perfect grades, etc. I think battling cancer taught me a very important lesson…life is not about perfect. Rather it is about getting up each day and doing the very best you can with that day.
What lessons did you take away from your cancer sickness?
While my faith has been first and foremost, I relied on many lessons I learned through sport during my cancer journey. The importance of goal setting, consistency, staying motivated, and keeping a positive attitude all came into play throughout my journey. I think cancer taught me to stop and smell the roses, to appreciate the small moments. Every day is a treasure.
Who or what inspires you most?
My children inspire me to do and be the best I can be each and every day. I want to set a good example for them. I won’t be perfect, but hopefully I will also teach them how to handle adversity and mistakes with grace and dignity.
What is your recipe for a fit and healthy lifestyle?
I try to keep a good balance of work, rest and play. I fight my schedule just like everyone else. If I miss a workout one day, I try not to be too hard on myself. Instead, I’ll try to sneak a 5 minute workout before bed (even if it’s squats and calf raises while brushing my teeth). Then I make fitness a priority the next day. I know it’s tougher to eat healthy at the airport, so I’ll eat healthy before and after and not worry about grabbing a slice of pizza while running to the next gate. I have an “everything in moderation” philosophy about health and fitness.
Do you have a favorite experience from your speaking career?
I have so many wonderful moments. Whether I’m speaking to 1000 people or 30, I simply enjoy sharing stories and a message of motivation and hope. My favorite part is meeting so many different people.
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