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2015 National PTA Convention: Shannon Miller
Shannon Miller talks about her cancer and recovery
Shannon Miller remains the most decorated gymnast in American history. 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)) Shannon has won an astounding 59 International and 49 National competition medals. Over half of these have been gold. She is the only U.S. gymnast to win two 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 (two silver, three bronze) at the 1992 Olympics was the most medals won by a U.S. athlete in any sport. At the ’96 Games, she led the “Magnificent Seven” to the U.S. Women’s first ever team gold, and for the first time for any American gymnast, she captured gold on the balance beam. She is the first American gymnast to win an individual gold medal at a fully-attended Summer Games and cemented her place as the most accomplished gymnast, male or female, in U.S. Olympic history.
After retiring from Olympic competition, Miller 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.
Miller launched her company Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness for Women, along with her series of fitness books, DVDs, and a content-based website in July 2010. With programs, partnerships, and articles, Shannon seeks to empower women to make their health a priority through education and awareness.
In January 2011, Shannon was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. She had the baseball size tumor removed successfully and followed up with 9 weeks of aggressive chemotherapy. Shannon is now cancer-free and remains open and public about her diagnosis and treatment.
Staying busy keeps Shannon motivated. Currently, she continues to travel the country as a motivational speaker, and update three YouTube series dedicated to motivation, fitness and gymnastics. She has also partnered with several gymnastics-related companies and developed her own line of leortards with Alpha Factor, trophies and medals with A-1 Awards and specialized mats and gymnastics equipment with Mancino Mats.
Shannon is also a spokesperson and/or ambassador for a number of companies including Juice Plus, Washington National,Life Continuum, and the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships. In addition, she recently released her book, It's Not About Perfect: Competing for My Country and Fighting for My Life, published by Thomas Dunne Books.
Involvement with the sport of gymnastics and the Olympic movement remains important to Shannon. She stays on top of what is happening in the sport and participates in various projects, and has provided analysis and commentary for every Olympic Games since she last competed, in 1996! Shannon has worked as an expert commentator or analyst with Yahoo! Sports, MSNBC, NBC and Comcast.
Shannon and her husband, John Falconetti, reside in Jacksonville, Florida with their two children, Rocco (born 2009), and Sterling (born 2013).
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. Through her Olympic and personal experiences, Shannon explains ways we can overcome even the most difficult obstacles standing in the way of our success. 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! Your 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.
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.
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, your audience will learn the how importance 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.
Director, Gynecologic Oncology at Duke University Medical Center
“It was thrilling to have Shannon Miller at our ovarian cancer awareness events. Her inspirational story added an uplifting element to the day and the video of her Olympic gymnastic success was truly joyful. Early detection of ovarian cancer and a happy outcome like Shannon’s is the holy grail we hope to make a reality for more women in the future. Thank you Shannon for adding your voice to our cause.”
Jeff Keith, Founder/CEO, CT Challenge
“She won seven Olympic Medals. She won multiple U.S. and World Titles in a career that
left her the most decorated American gymnast of all time ...and she won our hearts when
she came to speak in Fairfield as part of the CT Challenge Speaker Series. As tough as she is
tiny, with humor and a heart as big as any world stage, she inspired a crowd of close to 300,
including more than 50 cancer survivors, with her take on winning, losing, falling, and getting
back up to land on top ...as an athlete, as a person and in her own victory over ovarian
cancer. She was so patient, compassionate, and authentic to everyone who came--cancer
survivors (young and old), aspiring gymnasts, and the general public. Everyone felt lucky to
have heard her speak. Her appeal is broad and timeless.”
Bronwen Bares Pelaez, Director, Women’s Center, FIU Division of Student Affairs
Shannon Miller served as the keynote speaker for the annual Women Who Lead Conference at Florida International University in Miami, and our students and community members cannot stop raving about her message! When asked what was the most important lesson they were taking away from that day, or something they plan to incorporate into their development moving forward, many students quoted Shannon directly. FIU students have taken the Gold Medal Mindset to heart! The fact that her message is so amazing, yet presented in a way that’s applicable to anyone’s life, made her points accessible to our audience. She was practical and inspirational all at once!
Cycle for Survival
Shannon Miller speaks from the heart about her battle with cancer, and her amazing story really resonates with the Cycle for Survival community. We were fortunate to have her talk about her experience at our indoor cycling events, which was highly motivational for the participants. Her enthusiasm, compassion, and message of perseverance inspired the crowd of riders and supporters. Shannon also delivered an excellent keynote speech at Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Survivorship event in 2014. Working with her and her team is an absolute pleasure. We’re thankful to Shannon for sharing her journey in an empowering and hopeful way!
American Cancer Society Cancer Action
“Shannon was such a thrill… Her willingness and ability to share her story the way she did let our audience really connect with her, and you could feel (& hear!) it as they realized they had experienced a similar journey. That’s kind of amazing: the moment when you realize cancer really does affect everyone, even an Olympic gold medalist. Shannon was heartfelt and gracious… Just terrific.”
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