Olympic Gymnast Visiting High Flyers Gym Monday

Phoebe Mills on the balance beam. Courtesy photo

HIGH FLYERS News:

Gymnastics Olympic Medal Winner Phoebe Mills is visiting the High Flyers Gym Monday, Dec. 15 at at 1631 Central Ave.

There will be an ice cream party 7:30- 8:30 p.m. to meet Mills and sign autographs with an entry fee of $5 per person. She will bring her bronze medal from the 1988 Olympics.

The High Flyers gym’s goal is to inspire young gymnasts and their families to dream big. Anyone interested in talking to Mills is invited. For more information, call 505.500.5699

To see Mill’s National Championship performance on beam in 1988 click here. Mills was coached by Marta and Béla Károlyi in Houston, Texas. In 1988, she won the U.S. Nationals, the American Cup, and was named the United States Olympic Committee’s Gymnast of the Year. She also placed first at the U.S. Olympic Trials, easily earning a spot on the American squad for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

Mills emerged as the U.S. team’s most successful gymnast at the Olympics. While she finished 15th place in the all-around, she also qualified for three event finals, more than any other member of the team. She performed a solid, artistic routine to win a bronze medal on the balance beam.

With her third-place finish, Mills became the first individual American female gymnast to win a medal in a fully attended Olympics, and the only American gymnast, male or female, to medal in Seoul. In 2000, Mills was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

After retiring from gymnastics, Mills joined the diving team at the University of Miami in Florida, where she won the Big East Conference for three years in the 10-Meter platform. She also competed in national diving events, participating in the 1993 Olympic Festival and the U.S. Diving Championships. Mills retired from diving after graduation.

Most recently, Mills has been involved with the sport of snowboarding. She has acted as a snowboarding coach and instructor, working with the U.S. junior national team. Mills served as a judge at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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