the odds were against me, I was always at my best.”
When she retired at age nineteen, Shannon Miller did
so as one of the most recognizable gymnasts in the country. The winner of seven
Olympic medals and the most decorated gymnast, male or female, in US history,
Shannon tells a story of surviving and thriving. A shy, rambunctious girl
raised in Oklahoma, Shannon fell in love with gymnastics at a young age and
fought her way to the top.
In 1992 she won five Olympic medals after breaking
her elbow in a training accident just months prior to the Games. Then, in 1996,
a doctor advised her to retire immediately or face dire consequences if she
chose to compete on her injured wrist. Undeterred, Shannon endured the pain and
led her team, the “Magnificent Seven,” to the first Olympic team gold medal for
the United States in gymnastics. She followed up as the first American to win
gold on the balance beam.
Equally intense, heroic, and gratifying is the story
of her brutal but successful battle with ovarian cancer, a disease from which
fewer than fifty percent survive. Relying on her faith and hard-learned
perseverance, Shannon battled through surgery and major chemotherapy to emerge
on the other side with a miracle baby girl.
Her story of trial, triumph, and life after cancer
reminds us all that it’s life’s bumps and bruises that reveal our character.
From early on in her career, Shannon knew that life wasn’t about perfection. In
this incredible and inspirational tale, Shannon speaks out so as to be seen and
heard by thousands as a beacon of hope. Download and start listening now!