U.S., World and Olympic champion Shannon Miller will tie the knot with prominent Florida Republican John Falconetti Saturday, according to a report published today in the The Jacksonville, Fla. Times-Union.
Miller, the most decorated American gymnast in history, won seven Olympic medals at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games and eight world championship medals, five of them gold, between 1991 and 1996.
Three years later, at the age of 22, Miller married a physician named Chris Phillips. Miller filed for divorce in 2004, but the split was not finalized until last summer, according to this article in The Boston Globe. Apparently, it was ugly, too — Phillips accused Miller of having an affair with a male athlete, rumored to be a married gymnast, and threatening to expose him as being addicted to prescription drugs if he didn’t meet her demands.
Falconetti, meanwhile, shared the story of how he and Miller got together in the Times-Union’s article.
Falconetti, 39, said he first saw Miller, 30, when she was one of the celebrities playing in the Rick Wilkins Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament for Charity two years ago.
“I asked Rick’s father, Ray, who she was and immediately upgraded my sponsorship so she had to sit next to me for the whole weekend,” said Falconetti, president of Drummond Press.
Miller attends many such events each year and never gives out any personal information.
“He tracked my e-mail down through a publicist,” she said.
Best of luck second time around, Shannon.