March 3, 1995 |
We have seen that look before, the pursed lips, the clenched hands, the cameraman looming in the face of the veteran gymnast who was supposed to be winning, but was losing. Only this time, that gymnast was Shannon Miller. Thursday night at the Seattle Arena, Miller, leading a field of unknowns at the McDonald's American Cup preliminaries, fell off the balance beam on a tricky skill and missed making the finals.
February 20, 1995 |
So contrary is the sport of women's gymnastics that an 18-year-old usually is considered a veteran who is either on her way out or already attempting a comeback alongside some coach who says often, "It will not be easy." But this year, among the 14-year-old stars, there are a couple of veterans who don't fit that stigma. Reigning world champion Shannon Miller and national champion Dominique Dawes will be 19 when the 1996 Olympics begin in Atlanta. Ranked No. 1 and No.
August 2, 1994
Shannon Miller would not settle for second this time. A day after finishing second in the all-around competition, the U.S. gymnast reasserted her dominance Monday by winning two gold medals and two silvers in the individual apparatus finals. "I like a challenge," said Miller, of Edmond, Okla. "I like to rise to the challenge. I did at this competition and I feel really good about that." Miller, 17, the most decorated U.S.
April 23, 1994 |
When Shannon Miller needed to perform, she performed brilliantly. The 17-year-old from Edmond, Okla., completed two spectacular vaults Friday night to win the women's all-around title at the World Gymnastics Championships for the second straight year. Miller needed to score 9.775 with her two vaults to win--and she scored 9.812. She totaled 39.274 points for the four disciplines in retaining the title she won last year at Birmingham, England.
August 29, 1993 |
National all-around champion Shannon Miller added titles in the uneven bars and floor exercise Saturday night in the final session of the National Gymnastics Championships at Salt Lake City. Miller, who easily won the all-around title Friday night over Dominique Dawes, lost the vaulting championship to her Saturday night. Dawes also won on the balance beam. Earlier, John Roethlisberger added a still-rings championship to his third all-around gold.
August 28, 1993 |
Shannon Miller scored a 9.9 for the uneven bars and followed with a 9.85 on the balance beam to win the all-around title at the National Gymnastics Championships in Salt Lake City on Friday night. Dominique Dawes, fourth coming out of Wednesday's compulsories, used a 9.825 on the bars and a 9.675 on the beam to overtake Amanda Borden. Although Dawes edged Miller, 9.8 to 9.75, on the vault, the final event of the evening, Miller wrapped up the all-around title with 78.41 points to Dawes' 77.44.
July 22, 1993 |
Shannon Miller put on her usual sensational performance Wednesday night at the Sports Arena. To the delight of 5,294 fans, the diminutive 16-year-old gymnastics world champion led the United States women to victory in the Hilton Challenge. The United States easily beat teams from Ukraine and Belarus in a triangular meet. The U.S. men team didn't fare nearly as well. They were no match for Vitaly Scherbo and his Belarus team. Scherbo easily won the all-around. With a 9.
July 21, 1993 |
There are some sports fans who get all excited about gymnastics during an Olympic year, then forget it until the next Games. But a tiny teen-ager from Edmond, Okla., is helping to change that pattern. She is 16-year-old Shannon Miller, who won five medals in the 1992 Games at Barcelona and the women's all-around title in the 1993 World Championships in April at Birmingham, England. The high school sophomore is the big name in the Hilton Challenge tonight at the Sports Arena, starting at 7.