Houston – Shannon Miller, the most decorated U.S. gymnast in history, will compete in her final competition tonight at the 2001 Reese’s Gymnastics Cup, at the University of Houston’s Hofheinz Pavilion at 7 p.m.
“It’s great to finish my career in a fun competition surrounded by my friends and a hometown crowd,” said Miller.
24 year-old Miller has won more Olympic and World Championships medals than any other gymnast in American history. Her total Olympic medal count stands at two gold, two silver and three bronze. Miller has won nine World Championships medals and is the only American in history to win two consecutive World Championships all-around titles in 1993 and 1994. She was a member of the first-ever women’s U.S. Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1996 and also won the gold medal on beam.
“Shannon Miller is a legend in our sport,” said Bob Colarossi, President of USA Gymnastics. “Her contributions to gymnastics in the United States remain unmatched and I’m positive that she will remain a strong influence in the USA Gymnastics family.”
Miller grew up in Edmond, Okla., and trained at Dynamo Gymnastics with Steve Nunno throughout her career. She married Chris Phillips in 1999 and the couple resides near Houston, where Phillips is completing his ophthalmology residency. Miller attends the University of Houston and is working toward a business marketing degree.
Miller’s future plans include writing a book with her mother that’s geared toward parents of athletes. She also plans to earn a masters degree in political science.