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SI: So how does the most decorated American gymnast in history end up in law school?
Miller: I did my undergrad [at the University of Houston] in business marketing and entrepreneurship, and one of the last classes I took was business law. I was fascinated by how much I would need to know if I wanted to own my own business. [My intention] was never to be a practicing attorney. It was to gain that knowledge base.
SI: What's your class schedule like?
Miller: I go to class Monday through Thursday, which allows me to travel on the weekends for gymnastics work. People put the fear of God into you when you go to law school about how horrible it's going to be, but it really hasn't been. It's been a great experience.
SI: If your classmates went to shannonmiller.com, they'd see you attended Heidi Klum's Halloween party and the premiere of King Kong. Not a typical law student's lifestyle, is it?
Miller: It's almost like I lead a double life. I'm scared to think what they would say. Especially if they saw what I wore for Halloween. That was scary. I wore a maid's outfit. Let's just say it was interesting.
SI: After all the years of practice and competition, how has your body held up?
Miller: I feel great. When I'm on the road I work out a lot at hotel fitness centers. I've been known to do back handsprings down the hallway of a hotel.