One of America's most decorated gymnasts, Shannon Miller, was welcomed as the keynote speaker at today's 8th annual Celebrating Women's Athletics Luncheon at the Events Center on campus at Binghamton University.  Miller won 59 International and 49 National competition medals.  Over half of those medals were gold.

Miller won the gold medal in 1996 on the Balance Beam and led the US Olympic Team to its first ever Team Gold medal.   At the 1992 Olympics she won five medals including two Silver and three Bronze.  She is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame twice.  She was inducted with the Individual selection in 2006 and the Team selection in 2008.

Shannon has a BBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and then obtained a law degree from Boston College.  She hosts her own radio show, has written a series of fitness books and cookbooks and travels the country as a motivational speaker.

Shannon spoke of her success and the dedication and drive it took to get to the level she attained.  She has battled ovarian cancer and is pregnant with her second child.  She became ill during her speech today and had to be assisted off the podium for medical attention. Medical personnel said she was suffering from morning sickness and dehydration and was reported to be fine later in the day.


Photo courtesy of Binghamton University

More than $130,000 had been raised in the seven previous luncheons to benefit women's athletics at BU.  Over 500 people attended today's event.