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Shannon Miller

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7 time olympic medalist, health and fitness advocate and cancer survivor empowering women to make their health a priority

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5 out of 5 stars

"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."

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Keynote speaker Shannon Miller is the most decorated gymnast in American history, a successful business woman, a cancer survivor, and a loving wife and mother. Shannon’s life on and off the gymnastics floor is simply inspiring. Shannon’s topics include: The gold medal mindset, making your health a priority, the cancer journey and more. Shannon will leave your group motivated and inspired to be the very best they can be each and every day.

Motivational and Inspiring

Shannon Miller remains the Most Decorated Gymnast in American History with 7 Olympic medals! She is the only American to rank among the Top 10 All-Time gymnasts and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame – Twice! (Individual (2006) and Team (2008).

She 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 and she is the first American female to medal in the individual all-around of a non-boycotted Olympics. 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 ’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. She then moved from Olympic athlete to advocate for the health and wellness of women and children.

Shannon launched her company Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness for Women which empowers women to make their health a priority through programs, education, and awareness.

In 2011, Shannon was diagnosed with a malignant germ cell tumor, a rare form of ovarian cancer. She had the baseball sized tumor removed successfully and followed up with 9 weeks of chemotherapy. Now cancer free, Shannon continues to be a strong advocate for awareness and early detection. Shannon’s new book It’s Not About Perfect: Competing for My Country, Fighting for My Life, published April 21, 2015!

As an athlete, she learned critical lessons with regard to focus, dedication, goal setting, leadership, and overcoming obstacles. She put those lessons to the test during her cancer battle. Her words will inspire you to dream big, focus on what matters, and take specific steps to achieve success!

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    Keynote by Speaker Shannon Miller

    The Gold Medal Mindset

    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. While she may not have been the most talented, flexible, or even the strongest athlete, Shannon Miller was able to utilize these concepts to become The Most Decorated Gymnast in United States history! The audience will leave empowered to seal the deal with that next client, work together for a positive outcome, and understand the steps it takes to be a successful leader in both work and life.

     

    Keynote by Speaker Shannon Miller

    Gold Medal Advice to a Fit & Healthy Lifestyle

    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 to 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. Through her own experience with weight gain and low self-esteem following her retirement from competition, this Olympian and mother of two, found her way back to a healthy moderation. Your audience will leave with specific goals and motivated to take the next step in their own healthy lifestyle.

     

    Keynote by Speaker Shannon Miller

    Competing with Cancer

    We will all be touched by cancer at some point- whether it is you, a loved one, a friend, or 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. She speaks about the importance of caregivers and the incredible role they play. Through her story, the audience will learn how important it is to set goals and maintain a positive attitude, the importance of early detection and why “making your health a priority” is a lesson for all of us. Shannon Miller empowers each of us to take control of our own health and arms us with specific ways we can do just that.

     

    Keynote by Speaker Shannon Miller

    It’s Not About Perfect

    It’s Not About Perfect is appropriate for any audience. Shannon shares with the audience her hard learned lesson that while perfection is an admirable goal to strive for, the most important thing is to give your best each and every day. It’s that consistency and drive that will help you succeed in sport, health, work, and in life. Shannon’s memoir, It’s Not About Perfect: Competing for My Country and Fighting for My Life hit store shelves April 21, 2015!

     

    Other keynotes by Speaker Shannon Miller

    • The Olympics
    • Motivation
    • Inspiration
    • Leadership
    • Health/Wellness
    • Fitness
    • Cancer awareness

References

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.

Michael Meek

Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc

Shannon was fantastic! Shannon was inspiring, engaging and a beautiful speaker, she also encouraged photos with our guests. Thank you, Shannon.

Lisa Craig

Ideagen

Shannon was very thorough in her speech and touched the hearts of those listening to her.

Dawn Kollasch

Iowa Lakes Community College
05.19.2015

Interview with Shannon Miller

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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Shannon Miller

5 out of 5 stars

"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."

Michael Meek - Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc See all references

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