With 16 Olympic and World Championship medals to her credit, gymnast Miller is a certifiable winner. With this inspirational lifestyle guide, she aims to show other young people how to meet ""the challenges, tough times, and even the defeats"" with an attitude that will take them to the top of their game, ""both inside and outside the gym."" Through diary entries and capsules on everything from ""why gymnastics"" to ""the top ten ways I handle stress"" to ""the top four things that could be stressful--if I let them,"" Miller states what makes her tick and what helped her achieve her Olympic goals. She sets forth her training regime and diet, describes her feelings during key competitions (win or lose) and also professes her strong faith in God. Several of ""Shannon's Golden Rules"" are sprinkled throughout, for example, ""God is your only coach. He directs your every move."" Though she sometimes protests too much (""The truth is that none of my fellow American gymnasts is a poor sport""), the overwhelmingly positive tone of this volume is contagious. An array of color photos--featuring both competition and leisure shots--complete Miller's portrait. All ages. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/04/1998 Release date: 05/01/1998 Genre: Children's
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