Oklahomans in the Olympics: Shannon Miller reflects on 1992, 1996 experience

Twenty years have passed since Shannon Miller competed for Team USA's women's gymnastics team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, but she can still remember where she was and how she felt when it hit her that she was an Olympian.
BY RJ YOUNG ryoung@opubco.com Published: July 15, 2012

“In '96, I think being a little bit older and having been to an Olympics before I was able to really soak a lot more of it in,” Miller said. “I think I have a lot more memories of that team with Dominique Dawes and Kerri Strug.”

Miller knew the team could compete, knew it could win. But there was one moment when she knew they had to win.

“I remember the first event during the team competition where Jaycie Phelps nailed her dismount, and we all looked at each other,” she said. “It was kind of this moment where we knew it's on and we're not leaving here without a gold medal.”

The Magnificent 7 won team gold in 1996. Miller said it was meaningful to her to know Oklahoma was behind her.

“Whether I won a competition or completely lost — I hate to say lost — but whether I lost a competition, whatever happened Oklahoma was behind me,” Miller said. And it wasn't just the state of Oklahoma — it was people. The people of Oklahoma were behind me.”

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