She won seven Olympic Medals. She won multiple U.S. and World Titles in a career that left her the most decorated American gymnast of all time …and she won our hearts when she came to speak in Fairfield as part of the CT Challenge Speaker Series. As tough as she is tiny, with humor and a heart as big as any world stage, she inspired a crowd of close to 300, including more than 50 cancer survivors, with her take on winning, losing, falling and getting back up to land on top …as an athlete, as a person and in her own victory over ovarian cancer. She was so patient, compassionate and authentic to everyone who came–cancer survivors (young and old), aspiring gymnasts and the general public. Everyone felt lucky to have heard her speak. Her appeal is broad and timeless.
- Jeff Keith, Founder/CEO, CT Challenge
I can’t begin to tell you how outstanding she was. What really set the stage for her presentation was her video on her winning the Gold! You could hear a pin drop when she spoke. When her petite little frame stepped up to the podium, no one had any idea she was going to blow them away with her amazing story. She brought everyone to tears. So many of the doctors came up to me and said, “Sandy, do you remember when she did that vault? I remember it, and I remember praying for her to make it!” She touched the hearts of everyone in attendance.
With her struggles to win the Gold at the Olympics, she was being prepared to face other challenges in her life. God gave her the strength, courage, hope and love to face any adversity that would come her way in life. She shared her story so that those in the audience who thought she was just an “Olympic Champion” knew she was much more than that. She is the bright and shining star that has endured more than her share of pain and suffering. Her encouragement to others to stay healthy, eat healthy, and to exercise to stay fit is crucial, because we never know what the future holds for any of us. Her story of strength, courage, hope and never giving up, gave to each of us there the example and encouragement for each of us to follow. I still receive compliments on her presentation and for reaching out to her to speak to our physicians and their wives.
Thank you, Shannon, for sharing your evening with us. You are truly an amazing young lady!
-Sandy Deeba, CME Manager for the Oklahoma State Medical Association
As the most decorated American gymnast, Shannon Miller was a perfect choice as the keynote speaker for GymConUSA. The story of her struggles and triumphs during her career inspired a room full of coaches and gym owners. However, higher level themes she discussed like goal setting, perseverance, and positive attitude would touch any group she addresses at the human level.