Jul 31 2014

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Olympic and world champion to keynote event

Longview Regional Medical Center (LRMC) has earmarked August 7 as the date it will celebrate six years of its Healthy Women program. Shannon Miller will keynote this event to be held at Longview’s Maude Cobb Convention Center at 100 Grande Boulevard.

The event will start with a free, open-to-the-public women’s expo lasting from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. More than 50 vendors will man booths hawking assorted businesses and health partners for visitors who will have a great shopping opportunity, be entertained and receive vital health education.

A sold-out, ticketed dinner lasting from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. will follow the expo. Miller will speak to those attending the dining event. Doors will open for dinner guests at 6:00 p.m. LRMC Marketing and Healthy Woman Coordinator Elizabeth Baumgardner is delighted to have Miller as speaker.

“Longview Regional is honored to have Shannon Miller in our community to share her story, which embodies her strength as a healthy woman,” said Baumgardner.

Miller has a staggering list of accomplishments. Her achievements include:

  • Seven Olympic medals–two gold, two silver, three bronze
  • Nine world championship medals–five gold, three silver, one bronze
  • She has served as a television host & personality/web/radio host with MSNBC, NBC, Comcast, WOKV, Yahoo! Sports, etc.
  • She has authored multiple fitness and health-related books and videos
  • She is a member of eight halls of fame
  • She is a wife, mother, health & fitness advocate and a cancer survivor
  • She is the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history
  • She is the only American to rank among the Top 10 all-time gymnasts
  • She is the only female athlete inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame–twice! As an individual in 2006 and as part of a team in 2008
  • She has won an amazing 59 International and 49 National competition medals–more than half of them gold
  • She is the only American gymnast to earn two World All-Around titles
  • She is the first American woman to medal in the individual all-around of a non-boycotted Olympics
  • Her five medals (two silver, three bronze) in the 1992 Olympics were the most won by an American athlete in any sport in that Olympics
  • In the 1996 games she led the “Magnificent Seven” to the American women’s first ever Team Gold, and was the first American to win the Gold on the balance beam
  • She is the first American gymnast to win an individual gold medal at fully-attended Summer Games, establishing her as the most accomplished gymnast, male or female, in U.S. Olympic history

Following her glittering Olympic career, Miller took undergraduate degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship, and a law degree from Boston College. She followed up these accomplishments by becoming a leading advocate for the health and overall welfare of women and children. She then founded her company Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness for Women in July 2010, and churned out a series of fitness books, cookbooks and fitness-oriented DVDs.

The Year of Our Lord 2011 saw her found the Sharon Miller Walk-Fit program as an online tracking and incentive initiative. She now travels the nation as a greatly in-demand motivational speaker and representative for the well-being of women and children. She touts education and awareness as the best tools to accomplish her goal of empowering women to seek after their own good health.

Miller uses a radio talk show to broadcast her message, partnering with St. Vincent’s HealthCare. She worked as an expert analyst with Yahoo! Sports and as a commentator on NBC Olympics during the 2012 Summer Games. It was part of her ongoing involvement as a commentator and analyst in the sport of gymnastics.

In January of 2011, she was diagnosed with a malignant germ cell tumor. This is a rare strain of ovarian cancer that produced a baseball-sized tumor doctors removed. They then treated her with nine weeks of chemotherapy. She freely shares her cancer experience with those she lectures, further encouraging women to see to their health.

Besides personal appearances she employs the media, appearing on The Doctors, Katie (Katie Couric,) Marie Osmond, Sanjay Gupta, E! and The Balancing Act (Lifetime Television.) Currently, Shannon is cancer-free, and tirelessly preaches the importance of early detection. Her anti-cancer campaign is a vital part of her life as she serves as the honorary chair for the first-ever National Women’s Survivor Convention, and as honorary chair of Turn the Towns Teal 2013 campaign.

Despite her grueling schedule, this remarkable woman even manages to have a personal life as she and her husband brought forth their first baby daughter Sterling on 25 June 2013. With three-year-old son Rocco they make a happy family.

By Kelly Bell

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