Gold Medal Olympian Visits BU

By Matt Porter

February 4, 2013 Updated Feb 4, 2013 at 10:07 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Seven-time Olympic Gold medalist Shannon Miller visited Binghamton University today for a luncheon celebrating women in sports.

She's won 108 medals in national and international competitions, and more than half of those were gold medals.

Miller spoke to a crowd of more than 100 guests, many young female athletes, encouraging them to strive to beat any challenge.

Miller's battled weight issues and ovarian cancer.

She said she hopes she can be an inspiration for perseverance.

"I hope I can be a positive role model for them." Miller said, "Now, having my own child, I know how important that is, I know how important that was growing up. So, I hope I can fill that role, and I try to do a good job each day."

Head coach Deb Gaul of the Boys and Girls Club's Endicott Acros, a youth gymnastic team, said Miller sets a good example for her kids.

"I think that they need to learn how to be strong and push through things in life," Gaul said. "And, that's the kind of things that I'd really want to teach them through sports."

Near the end of her speech, Miller collapsed in front of the audience.

She was evaluated by an EMT. Paramedics said she is okay and was just dehydrated.

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