INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., March 19, 2010 – Shannon Miller, America’s most decorated gymnast, was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) for her work as an accomplished athlete and as an advocate for a healthy, physically active and balanced life. She was inducted at the NASPE Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, March 19, at the Marriott Downtown Hotel in Indianapolis, Ind. Other honorees included the National Physical Education Teachers of the Year for Elementary, Middle and High School, the National Physical Education Administrator of the Year as well as the Athletic Director of the Year Award.
Joining Miller were the other 2010 Hall of Fame inductees: physical education teacher, coach and administrator Marian Franck, and Dr. Darlene Kluka, Barry University, Fla.
Miller is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympics Hall of Fame – twice (Individual 2006) and Team (2008). Among her career highlights, she has won 59 international and 49 national competition medals, including nine world and seven Olympic medals. She is the only U.S. gymnast to win two World all-around titles. Her tally of five medals (two silver, three bronze) at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, was the most medals won by a U.S. athlete and matches the mark set by Mary Lou Retton for the most medals won by a U.S. gymnast at a single Games. At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga., she was part of the “Magnificent Seven” that won the USA’s first-ever team Olympic gold medal, as well as won the balance beam gold medal.
Miller remains a passionate advocate for health and wellness for all ages including taking proactive measures to ensure a healthy and balanced lifestyle. She began the Shannon Miller Foundation, which is dedicated to fighting childhood obesity, and was appointed co-chair of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and the board of the Florida Sports Foundation by Florida Governor Charlie Crist.
Miller has worked in television broadcasting, written a series of fitness books and cookbooks, filmed prenatal and postnatal fitness DVDs, and is a professional speaker. She holds a BBA in marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and a law degree from Boston College. She and her husband John Falconetti have one child.
The awards are given to honor outstanding individuals who 1) make significant contributions to maintaining sport, physical education and physical activity as an integral part of the total education program; 2) further the image of sport and healthy physical activity for all; 3) accentuate the integral relationships of sport, motor development and physical activity to the total educational process; 4) encourage involvement in meaningful competitive sport or physical activity programs by influential educators and citizens in all walks of life; and 5) symbolize the educational and developmental potentials of physical education and sport.
Past NASPE Hall of Fame inductees include 1984 Olympic gold-medalist Peter Vidmar, University of Tennessee Women’s Basketball Coach Pat Summitt, tennis greats Billie Jean King and the late Arthur Ashe, NFL Hall of Famers Nick Buoniconti and Anthony Munoz, Olympians such as the late Wilma Rudolph, Rulon Gardner, Dan Jansen, Rafer Johnson, Nancy Hogshead, Carl Lewis, Dot Richardson, and Tony DiCicco, head coach of the 1999 Women’s World Cup Champion Soccer Team.