How Did Shannon Miller Become the Most Decorated US Olympic Gymnast & Use Her Athletic Experiences to Help Her Overcome Cancer?

The Recap

Sam welcomes to the podcast 1993 and 1994 world all-around champion, 1996 Olympic balance beam champion, 1995 Pan American Games all-around champion, and member of the gold-medal winning Magnificent Seven team at the 1996 Olympics, Shannon Miller. Shannon is the second most decorated gymnast in U.S. history and the thirteenth most decorated gymnast from any country by her individual medal count. She is the only woman in any sport to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame twice, as an individual and as part of a team.

In this episode, Sam and Shannon chronicle Shannon’s Olympic career, from meeting the Dream Team and winning three bronze and two silver medals at the ’92 Games in Barcelona to winning two gold medals at the ’96 Games in Atlanta. Shannon speaks to the incredibly successful post-athletic career she’s had, which includes broadcasting, starting a business, and writing an autobiography. Shannon opens up about her diagnosis and subsequent battle with ovarian cancer. She shares how the lessons she learned as an Olympic athlete helped her through this difficult time in her life. Finally, Shannon talks about the importance of confidence and the valuable role it has played in her life.

Episode Highlights

01:03 – Introducing today’s guest, Shannon Miller

01:51 – Sam takes a moment to thank her sponsor, Tumbl Trak and Right Rice

02:55– Sam and Shannon share their first memories of each other

10:12 – Nature vs. Nurture

14:36 – Shannon’s journey as a young gymnast

22:30 – The experience of making the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team in 1992

29:22 – Winning multiple medals at the 1992 Olympic Games

33:12 – Sam takes a moment to thank her sponsors Tumbl Trak, Right Rice, and Uplifter

34:18 – Shannon recalls her experience at the 1996 Olympics

40:49 – The decision not to retire after winning gold at the 1996 Olympic Games

48:07 – How broadcasting allowed Shannon to maintain a connection to the sport she loves

53:01 – Shannon opens up about being diagnosed with ovarian cancer

1:05:05 – How lessons from Shannon’s gymnastics career helped her get through chemotherapy

1:11:02 – How Shannon maintained her confidence throughout her battle with cancer

1:15:51 – How Shannon’s diagnosis changed her as a mother

1:18:55 – Shannon’s goals for 2020

1:22:05 – Shannon reveals one thing people can do to get 1% better each day

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