Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller on ABC7 News

April 17, 2012 5:33:04 AM PDT
(PRESS RELEASE) Shannon Miller is the most decorated American gymnast, male or female, in history, having won more Olympic and World Championship medals than any other American gymnast.

She has earned seven Olympic medals and nine World Championships medals since her elite international debut in 1990. Her tally of five medals (two silver, three bronze) at the 1992 Olympic Games was the most medals won by a U.S. athlete in Barcelona, Spain. During her career, Miller won 58 international and 49 national competition medals, more than half of which were gold. A member of two U.S. Olympic Teams, she was part of the "Magnificent Seven," the first U.S. women's gymnastics team to win an Olympic team gold medal, at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. She also became the first American gymnast to win an individual gold medal on the balance beam in 1996. Miller is a member of seven halls of fame, including the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame, International Women's Sports Hall of Fame and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. Miller received a bachelor's degree in marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and a law degree from Boston College. In 2007, she began the Shannon Miller Foundation, which is dedicated to fighting childhood obesity. She has created and runs Shannon Miller Lifestyle, a website and line of books and videos dedicated to health and fitness for women. Miller was named to the Florida Sports Foundation Board of Directors in 2008 and was appointed co-chair of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness in 2007. She is married and has one son.

Tickets: Three price levels are available for both single-session and full-day tickets. Full-day tickets, which include admission to both the junior and senior elite sessions, are $60, $50 and $40, including facility fees. Single session tickets are $30, $25 and $20 for the junior session, and $40, $30 and $25 for the senior session, including facility fees. Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800.745.3000, and at all Ticketmaster outlets. In recognition of Visa's long-time support of USA Gymnastics, Visa is the preferred method of payment. For more event and ticket information, visit www.usagym.org/visa.

Background: This is the third straight year that Chicago has hosted this event, which was previously known as the CoverGirl Classic.

The Secret U.S. Classic serves as the final women's qualifier to the Visa Championships. The 2012 Visa Championships, USA Gymnastics' national championships, are June 7-10 in St. Louis, Mo., and performances determine which athletes advance to the U.S. Olympic Trials, June 28-July 1, in San Jose, Calif. The U.S. champions for men's and women's artistic gymnastics are determined at the Visa Championships. For complete information on the Visa Championships, log on to www.usagym.org/visa.