I wanted to share with you guys a fantastic Magnificent 7 Documentary that tells the story of the '96 women's Olympic gymnastics team and the journey they took towards a team win. I am posting the first 10 minute segment. It's a five-part doc, and you can follow the related videos in the sidebar to see the whole thing. Why this documentary was aired on the Game Show Network, I have no idea, but it's quite interesting nonetheless and gives a real picture of how much these girls and their families sacrificed and how hard they worked for their Olympic dream. If you care to discuss it or have opinions you want to share, please post comments! Enjoy!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Shannon Miller biography
DOB: March 10, 1977
Country Represented: USA
Coach: Steve Nunno, Peggy Liddick
Best Event: During Shannon's competition years, she racked up the most gold medals for her performances on beam, an event that she was incredibly consistent and solid on. She was also known to be very entertaining to watch on floor. She has been recognized for her artistry on both of these events. Her routines often included some really beautiful choreographic elements.
Best Known For: Shannon Miller was one of the leading members of the Magnificent Seven team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where the USA women won gold and Shannon earned an individual gold on beam. Although Shannon also participated in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, the 1992 Magnificent 7 team probably comes to mind for most people when thinking of Shannon Miller. In general, she is recognized as "the most decorate gymnast, male or female, in U.S. history." She earned a total of 16 medals from World and the Olympic Games throughout her career.
Currently: Miller retired officially in 2000 after making a brief comeback to the gymnastics world but dropping out of the Sydney Olympic Trials due to a knee injury. She is now married and has a son, Rocco, born in 2009. Shannon received a law degree from Boston College as well as a B.B.A in marketing and entrepreneurship, which she is putting to use in the world of business; Shannon now spends her time giving gymnastics clinics, speaking at gyms, and developing workout videos.
Interesting Fact: Shannon is the only female athlete who has been inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame more than once - she earned this honor as an individual and as a member of the gold medal winning team.