Shannon Miller: My Child, My Hero

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Shannon Miller has truly lived the American Dream-its drama and disappointment, its hope and joy. Written by her mother, this profusely illustrated story of Shannon’s journey to Olympic fame is also the portrait of a family working together to help a child achieve a difficult, challenging goal.

The ultimate thrill for an athlete is to stand on a podium and, with the world as witness, to accept an Olympic medal. In Shannon Miller: My Child, My Hero, Claudia Miller helps us ...

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Overview

Shannon Miller has truly lived the American Dream-its drama and disappointment, its hope and joy. Written by her mother, this profusely illustrated story of Shannon’s journey to Olympic fame is also the portrait of a family working together to help a child achieve a difficult, challenging goal.

The ultimate thrill for an athlete is to stand on a podium and, with the world as witness, to accept an Olympic medal. In Shannon Miller: My Child, My Hero, Claudia Miller helps us understand the dedication and hard work preceding that moment of Olympic glory. Claudia presents intimate details of Shannon’s life, her triumphs and her crushing defeats. She also shares the ways she and her husband, Ron, handled both the tears and the happiness, as well as how they dealt with Shannon’s siblings, Tessa and Troy, and her teachers and coaches.

We journey with the Miller family through Shannon’s training and achievements, struggles and injuries, to her dramatic comeback. In the 1992 Olympics, she won five medals. An in 1996, despite media declarations that she was no longer competitive, Shannon performed brilliantly-leading the women’s gymnastics team to first place and winning a gold medal for her performance on the balance beam.

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Editorial Reviews

Kendra Nordin
This book wavers between a biography of Shannon Miller, Olympic athlete, and an autobiography of Claudia Miller, mother of an Olympic athlete....Miller inspires an awe-filled wonder that one so young could have achieved such athletic heights. Nothing beats a true story of triumph. —The Christian Science Monitor
Library Journal
Shannon Miller, multi-medal-winning gymnast at both the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympics, is the subject of this memoir written by her mother. While such a book could have become overbearing, Miller is instead gracious toward rivals, teammates, and the many who helped Shannon and temperate when discussing spats with coaches. In Kerri Strug's autobiography Landing on My Feet (LJ 11/1/97), readers came to understand a gymnast's terrific drive and sacrifices. In this book, we see how these sacrifices can affect an athlete's parents and siblings. Also interesting are the Millers' religious beliefs--as Christian Scientists, mother and daughter used prayer and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy to make decisions, even medical ones. Despite Shannon's fame and achievements, there is not a trace of superiority complex here. A solid addition to gymnastics collections in public libraries.--Kathryn Ruffle, Coll. of New Caledonia Lib., Prince George, BC
Kendra Nordin
This book wavers between a biography of Shannon Miller, Olympic athlete, and an autobiography of Claudia Miller, mother of an Olympic athlete....Miller inspires an awe-filled wonder that one so young could have achieved such athletic heights. Nothing beats a true story of triumph.
The Christian Science Monitor
Kirkus Reviews
A proud and devoted mother's overdone portrait of her celebrated gymnast daughter's trials and triumphs. Claudia Miller relates her daughter's progress from jungle-gym-climbing toddler to leader of the first US women's gymnastic team to bring home the Olympic gold. For those who don't know a double twisting Yurchenko from a piked full twisting double back, the particulars of Shannon Miller's gymnastic feats in innumerable competitions quickly become tedious. Of more interest to parents of an exceptional child is the story of the Miller family's efforts to keep one daughter's striking success from having negative effects on her older sister and younger brother. With Shannon's success came tension between her parents and her controlling and demanding coach (by this time, Claudia Miller had trained to become a gymnastics judge, and some second-guessing of the coach was probably inevitable) and difficult decisions concerning agents and money. Recurrent injuries were another problem, especially since the author is a Christian Scientist and her husband a Baptist; for Shannon, Christian Science practitioners and prayer were combined with consultations with physicians, medical treatments, surgery, and physical therapy as needed. Rather surprisingly, Miller barely mentions the controversial weight issue in her discussions of her daughter's health, despite the fact that at age 15 Shannon weighed only 76 pounds. Even allowing for motherly prejudice, the portrait of the young gymnast that emerges is one any parent would be proud of: an outstanding athlete who is also a top student, and someone who makes exceptional demands on herself but is at the same time thoughtful and considerate of others.As an Olympic gymnast, Shannon Miller had the eyes of the world on her, but this overly technical treatment won't put her on the bestseller podium where fellow gymnast Dominique Moceanu once stood. (8 color, 42 b&w illustrations, not seen) .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806131108
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Pages: 295
  • Sales rank: 808,092
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 8.73 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2008

    Christian Scientists?

    Not sure about the Millers' understanding of Christian Science. Advertising/Endorsing a medicine certainly does not support the teachings of Christian Science. Using medical means along with Christian Science support is not the general practice for most Christian Scientists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2005

    Good Book

    It details the background on how Shannon Miller became a good gymnast. Includes on how her family went through to support Shannon in her dreams. Also show what happens after the Olympics too. Also mentions the background on Christian Science too. I learned many things about Shannon Miller, Her family, the sport of gymnastics and the background on the religion Christian Science.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2000

    Great athelete, even greater human being!!

    Before reading this I was not a huge Shannon Miller fan. I didn't dilike her, other gymnasts were just my favorites. Her mother put a very down-to-earth twist on events that shaped Shannon's life & career and gave me a whole new respect for what she has gone through. I had no idea of her Christian Scientist background. What courage it must have taken to make some of the decisions she did. Thank you Shannon and Claudia for sharing your story with us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2000

    Great for any athlete who wants to know what it's like to be the best

    This book is great for any athlete. It shows it is a family effort to be the best. Shannon would never have gotten anywhere if her dad didn't drive her to practice or if she hadn't met Steve in Russia. You won't get any where without reading this book. Highly recomended for any athlete who wants to know what it's like to be the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2000

    Read this Book!!!

    I think the book Shannon Miller my child my hero written by her mother Claudia Miller is a great book because it tells about the ups and downs in Shannon's life. If you are interested in gymnastics you will love this book. It tells about the support her hometown gave her, and if it wasn't for them she would not have made it to the 1992 Olympics. It also tells about the injuries she faced,that put her out of various competitions and could have forced her to an early retirement from her outstanding career. In my eyes I found her as an idol or a role model. I recommend this book to anyone interested in sports, biographies, or Shannon Miller hereself. This Review was done by Samantha Of Green Bay, WI

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