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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Miller Gets Revenge With Four Medals

ST. PETERSBURG -- U.S. gymnast Shannon Miller rebounded from her loss in the all-around event by collecting two gold medals and two silvers in the individual apparatus finals Monday at the Goodwill Games.


Miller, 17, of Edmond, Oklahoma, won gold in the balance beam and floor exercise and silver in the vault and uneven bars. That brought her medal total for the Games to five -- two golds and three silvers.


Miller gained some revenge over Russia's Dina Kochetkova, who had beaten her by .057 point in Sunday's all-around competition. That was Miller's first loss in two years.


Miller and Kochetkova were the only ones to compete in all four individual finals, and the American scored higher in all four. Miller rounded off the competition with a brilliant floor routine which earned her a score of 9.937.


She was second behind Liliya Podkopyeva of Ukraine in the vault, 9.831 points to 9.824. On the uneven bars, Svetlana Khorkina of Russia won with 9.862 points, followed by Miller with 9.850.


Miller won the beam finals with 9.875 points. She started with a front somersault to the bar and ended with a full twisting back double somersault. In between she added a pair of reverse splits and had a series of a back handsprings followed by two back aerials.


In Sunday night's all-around finals, Miller failed to win the gold in that event for the first time since the 1992 Olympics. Kochetkova won with a total of 39.325, while Miller had 39.268.


Miller lost with a few missteps and a couple of wobbles in her events, especially in the vault.


"I think the little steps I took out of both my vaults made the difference," Miller said after settling for the silver medal Sunday night. "It was so close."


In other events Monday, Olga Sedakova of Russia won the gold in the solo competition of synchronized swimming. Becky Dyroen-Lancer of the United States was second. Dyroen-Lancer teamed with Jill Sudduth to win the duet competition.


In women's volleyball, the United States beat Germany 3-0, China defeated Cuba 3-1, Japan swept Peru 3-0 and Russia downed the Netherlands 3-0. Tuesday is a day off for the volleyball competition.


The women's basketball tournament gets underway on Tuesday when France plays China and Russia takes on Italy. Canada and the U.S. play Wednesday.