The most awarded U.S. gymnast of all time, Shannon Miller, will appear at the El Dorado Conference Center on April 17 in a partnership effort between the Medical Center of South Arkansas' Healthy Woman and South Arkansas Community College.
Among her career highlights, Miller has won 59 international and 49 national competition medals, more than half of which are gold. She is the only U.S. gymnast to win two World All-Around titles (1993 and 1994). Her tally of five medals (two silver, three bronze) at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, was the most medals won by any U.S. athlete. At the 1996 Games in Atlanta, 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 only American to rank among the top 10 All-Time Gymnasts and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame twice (individual 2006 and team 2008).
But in January of 2011, Miller was diagnosed with a malignant germ-cell tumor, a rare form of ovarian cancer. She had the baseball-sized tumor removed successfully and followed up with nine weeks of chemotherapy. She is currently cancer-free and advocates for early detection and making health a priority.
These days Miller runs the Web resource Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness for Women and the Shannon Miller Foundation (which combats childhood obesity), and is a published author, TV personality and radio show host. She is a graduate of Boston College with a degree in law and of the University of Houston with a bachelor's degree in marketing and entrepreneurship.
She and her husband John Falconetti have two children: son Rocco Falconetti, age 5; and Sterling Falconetti, age 10 months.
Miller first will appear at Healthy Woman's Girls' Night Out, beginning at 5 p.m. The event will include shopping, hors d'oeuvres, women's health information, hand massages and wine tasting. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling (870) 864-3282.
She then will speak as part of the SouthArk Lecture Series beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information contact Phil Ballard at (870) 864-7156.