America’s Most Decorated Gymnast Shannon Miller Chairs AT&T American Cup
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JACKSONVILLE, FL, Sept 29, 2010 – Seven-time Olympic Medalist Shannon Miller was named 2011 AT&T American Cup Honorary Chairperson today. The prestigious international invitational is scheduled for March 5th at Jacksonville, Florida’s Veterans Memorial Arena.
Tickets for the 2011 AT&T American Cup, International Gymnastics Federation World Cup event, go on sale today. Shannon Miller and legendary gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi were on hand for the ticket kick-off.
Miller states, “The AT&T American Cup is a wonderful event, and I have fond memories of competing and winning in 1993. I am honored to work with USA Gymnastics and Jacksonville Economic Development Commission (JEDC) Sports and Entertainment Office to build awareness and interest in the AT&T American Cup in Jacksonville. I hope everyone will come out and support these incredible athletes. A big and loud hometown crowd can really motivate the USA gymnasts as they take on the world.”
President of USA Gymnastics Steve Penny states, “We are excited returning to Jacksonville and having Shannon as part of our team. Jacksonville was a great host for us in 2007, and Shannon is a former American Cup champion who knows first-hand that this event is always a great opportunity to see the world’s best gymnasts up close.”
The 2011 AT&T American Cup, which features all-around competition for both men and women, will begin at 11:30 a.m. on March 5, 2011. For only the second time in the event’s history, the AT&T American Cup will be part of the Federation International of Gymnastic’s World Cup series and is one of four all-around World Cup events in 2011. Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000; online at http://www.ticketmaster.com; at all Ticketmaster outlets; through participating gym clubs; or at the Veterans Memorial Arena Office. Visa is the preferred method of payment.
The athletes competing in the 2011 AT&T American Cup will be announced closer to the event. 2009 world all-around silver-medalist Rebecca Bross of Plano, Texas, and Germany’s Fabian Hambuechen won the 2010 Tyson American Cup.
The other three World Cup all-around events in 2011 are in Glasgow, Scotland; Stuttgart, Germany; and Tokyo, Japan.
The list of former American Cup all-around gold medalists includes many of the best-known and loved names in gymnastics: women – Shannon Miller, Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Carly Patterson, Elena Zamolodchikova (Russia), Kerri Strug, Dominique Dawes, Kim Zmeskal, Kristie Phillips, Mary Lou Retton, Julianne McNamara, Stella Zakarova (USSR) and Nadia Comaneci (Romania), and men – Jonathan Horton, Fabian Hambuechen (Germany), Jason Gatson, Blaine Wilson, John Roethlisberger, Vitaly Scherbo (Belarus), Tim Daggett, Peter Vidmar, Mitsuo Tsukahara (Japan), Kurt Thomas and Bart Conner. In 2005, the American Cup was a World Cup event and its format named individual event champions; the USA’s Alexander Artemev, Alicia Sacramone, Chellsie Memmel and Liukin won Gold medals.
The American Cup was first held in 1976. Past sites include: New York City (1976-80, 1982-84, 2004, 2008); Ft. Worth Texas (1981, 1996-98); Indianapolis, Ind. (1985); Fairfax, Va. (1986-90, 2003); Orlando, Fla. (1991-94, 2000-02); Seattle, Wash. (1995); St. Petersburg, Fla. (1999); Uniondale, N.Y. (2005); Philadelphia (2006); Jacksonville (2007, 2011); Hoffman Estates, Ill. (2009); and Worcester, Mass. (2010).
ABOUT SHANNON MILLER
Shannon Miller is the only American to rank among the Top 10 All-Time Gymnasts and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame twice (Individual 2006 and Team 2008). Among her career highlights, Miller has won an astounding 59 International and 49 National competition medals, over half of which are Gold. She is the only US gymnast to win two World All-Around Titles. Her tally of five medals (two Silver, three Bronze) at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain was the most medals won by a US athlete. At the 1996 Games in Atlanta, GA, she led the “Magnificent Seven” to the US Women’s first ever Team Gold and for the first time for any American gymnast, she captured gold on the balance beam.
Miller is now President of Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness for Women, as well as an author, television personality, and host of Shannon Miller Lifestyle Radio presented by St. Vincent’s HealthCare. She holds a BBA in marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and her law degree from Boston College. She founded the Shannon Miller Foundation dedicated to fighting childhood obesity and is Co-Chair of the Florida Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. Miller continues to travel the country as a highly sought after motivational speaker and advocate for the health and wellness of women and children. Shannon and her husband welcomed their first child John “Rocco” on October 28th, 2009.
ABOUT SHANNON MILLER LIFESTYLE
The mission of Shannon Miller Lifestyle is to inform, educate and inspire women to lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Through books, DVDs, motivational speaking, a weekly call-in radio show, and website ShannonMillerLifestyle.com, Shannon focuses on opening the lines of communication and reminding women that it is okay to ask questions, demand answers, support each other and have fun along the way. Shannon Miller Lifestyle is targeted to women with a focus on pregnancy and motherhood.
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