Miller, Shannon | 2017
- Birth and Death Year | 1977 - Present
- Induction Year | 2017
- Profession | Seven-Time Olympic Medalist
- Oklahoma Connection | Miller was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, and attended Edmond North High School. She trained throughout her gymnastics career in Oklahoma with coaches Steve Nunno and Peggy Liddick.
- Hometown | Edmond
An 18ft Bronze Statue of Miller, designed by artist Shan R. Gray, stands in what is now known as Shannon Miller Park located in her home town of Edmond, Oklahoma.
“Words cannot truly express what an amazing honor it has been and continues to be to represent this great state.” - Shannon Miller
From Edmond, Shannon Miller is a gymnastics icon who competed in two Olympic games and won seven Olympic medals! And, she is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame . . . twice. Once as an individual and once as part of a team.
She has won an astounding 59 International and 49 National competition medals, more than half being Gold. She is the first U.S. gymnast to win two World All-Around titles. At the time, her tally of five medals—two Silver and three Bronze—at the 1992 Olympics was the most medals won by a U.S. athlete in any sport.
At the ’96 Olympic Games, she led the “Magnificent Seven” to the U.S. Women’s first ever Team Gold, and she was the first American gymnast to capture Gold on the balance beam.
After retiring from Olympic competition, she received her undergraduate degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and a law degree from Boston College.
Miller remains a part of the gymnastics and Olympic communities as an analyst and commentator.
She launched her company, Shannon Miller Lifestyle, in 2010 to help women make their health a priority. Miller also founded the Shannon Miller Foundation, which is devoted to combatting childhood obesity. She continues to travel the country as a highly sought-after motivational speaker on topics ranging from The Gold Medal Mindset and cancer to survivorship and the importance of health and fitness.
In January of 2011, Miller 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. Miller has remained open and public about her diagnosis and treatment and continues to empower women to make their health a priority. She is currently cancer-free and continues to be a strong advocate for early detection, awareness, research and survivorship.
Miller’s passion 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.
Miller currently resides in Florida with her husband, John Falconetti, and her two amazing children, Rocco and Sterling.