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"When the odds were against me, I was always at my best."

When she retired at age 19, Shannon Miller did so as one of the most recognizable gymnasts in the country. The winner of seven Olympic medals and the most decorated gymnast, male or female, in US history, Shannon tells a story of surviving and thriving. A shy, rambunctious girl raised in Oklahoma, Shannon fell in love with gymnastics at a young age and fought her way to the top.

In 1992 she won five Olympic medals after breaking her elbow in a training accident just months prior to the games. Then, in 1996, a doctor advised her to retire immediately or face dire consequences if she chose to compete on her injured wrist. Undeterred, Shannon endured the pain and led her team, the "Magnificent Seven", to the first Olympic team gold medal for the United States in gymnastics. She followed up as the first American to win gold on the balance beam.

Equally intense, heroic, and gratifying is the story of her brutal but successful battle with ovarian cancer, a disease from which fewer than 50 percent survive. Relying on her faith and hard-learned perseverance, Shannon battled through surgery and major chemotherapy to emerge on the other side with a miracle baby girl.

Her story of trial, triumph, and life after cancer reminds us all that it's life's bumps and bruises that reveal our character. From early on in her career, Shannon knew that life wasn't about perfection. In this incredible and inspirational tale, Shannon speaks out so as to be seen and heard by thousands as a beacon of hope.

©2015 Shannon Miller (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13/06/2018

Slow but good

The first 7 hours were very technical and quite boring. I was thinking to leave the book unfinished, but I kept on listening and finally the story was really good.

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  • Kenna Adams
  • 03/02/2017

Loved it!

My only disappointment is that I'd like to have Shannon read it. I think Bio/Memoirs are so much better when the author reads it! You feel more of their emotion in their voice.

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  • LRK
  • 10/07/2016

Entertaining and Empowering

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I really enjoyed this book and couldn't stop listening. She has a wonderful talent for giving detail and not lingering too long on anything. I love how this book motivated me and empowered me. Her strength is contagious, and I highly recommend this book.

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  • Doug Pacheco
  • 06/07/2016

Shannon's story is incredible!

As a former gymnast myself I purchase this book to read about the adventures and struggle of Shannon Miller's life. after listening to her story I could appreciate her long hours of hard work and the satisfaction she felt from competing at such a high level. I wholeheartedly encourage you to read her story