She realized that in 1992, when locals raised $35,000 so her parents and two siblings could attend the Barcelona Olympics, where Shannon won five medals. Then came the parades. In '92 an Edmond Saturn dealership gave her a car. A Chevy dealer replaced it following the '96 Games in Atlanta.
Miller now attends law school at Boston College and may enter politics when she returns to Edmond. Her former coach, Nunno, oversees the OU women's team and operates a gym in Oklahoma City, with about 300 gymnasts. Ziert, 60, runs a business out of the International Gymnast offices, manufacturing and selling grips, T-shirts, leotards and shoes.
Across the parking lot at the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy, located on Bart Conner Drive, a new coach, Ivan Ivankov, is picking up English more easily than Karolyi did. Ivankov first visited Norman from his native Belarus in 1996. At the time he was the world all-around champion but had ruptured his Achilles tendon and was resigned to retiring. "Paul arranged for my rehab in Oklahoma and convinced me I could come back [from the injury]," says Ivankov, who went on to win the world all-around crown again in '97.
Now Ivankov divides his days among English classes at OU, coaching at Conner's gym and training for the Athens Games. He'll be 29 next summer, trying to add his first Olympic medal to the 10 he has won at world championships. "Then my wife, Suzi, and I will make our new life in Oklahoma," Ivankov says. "It's my family and my gymnastics family together."