Shannon Miller


Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez and Aly Raisman may have stolen the spotlight at this summer’s Olympics in Rio, but another American gymnast, Shannon Miller, is back on the scene with a signature activewear collection.

The winner of a total of 16 World Championships and Olympic medals between 1991 and 1996, Miller ranks as the second most-decorated gymnast male or female. Through a partnership with Perform Group LLC, the 39-year-old launches the Salto by Shannon Miller collection today. The collection is geared for overtaxed mothers, who might not yet be in the swing of any semblance of a fitness routine. “It’s for the mom who is trying to go from car pooling to work to 50 million other things, and who is trying to squeeze in fitness to their everyday lifestyle and they may be struggling with it a little bit,” she said. “This is about giving them something comfortable to wear that gives them confidence and helps them feel good about maybe catching five minutes of fitness here and 10 minutes of fitness there throughout the day.”

Retail prices for the 12-piece mix-and-match, wash-and-wear line range from $26 for a classic tank to $52 for a zip-front jacket via Salto’s site, Miller’s personal site and Amazon. Nongymnasts may not be familiar with the company’s name. Salto refers to a somersault, the foundation move that one has to learn to do all the other difficult skills, Miller said. “I feel that fitness is the same way. You have to start with the foundation and understand that what you do today matters,” Miller said. “It may not seem like a lot when you do your first forward roll. But when you do it everyday, over time, it adds up and you can do more. That really fit in well with my idea of a healthy lifestyle which is an everything-in-moderation approach. You might not be working out two hours a day, but if working out for 10 minutes a day, three times a day, that’s a really good start.”

Miller grew up and trained in Oklahoma, earned a law degree from Boston College, moonlights as an Olympics commentator and she now lives in Jacksonville. Miller also works with various sponsors — Juice Plus, Washington National Bank and Hershey’s among them. Last year she published a book about her cancer battle, “It’s Not About Perfect: Competing for My Country and Fighting for My Life.”

As for how this compares to other achievements, Miller said, “This is fun. Once you’ve trained for an Olympics and made it through a cancer diagnosis, you think, ‘OK, anything else is gravy,'” she said.

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