Shannon Miller: With seven Olympic and nine World Championship medals, Shannon Miller remains the most decorated gymnast, male or female, in US History.
Shannon was the 1993 and 1994 World All-Around Gymnastics Champion. At the 1996 Olympics , Shannon led the Magnificent Seven to the US Women’s first ever Team Gold and for the first time ever for an American Gymnast, she captured the gold medal on the Balance Beam.
Shannon is also the only female athlete to be inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame not once but twice, as an individual and for her team.
After retiring from competition, Shannon received her undergraduate degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston as well as her law degree from Boston College. She launched her company Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness, with a mission to help women make their health a priority through a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
In 2011, Shannon was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. She has remained open and public about her diagnosis and treatment.
Now cancer free, she continues to be a strong advocate for awareness and early detection. Shannon shares the lessons she learned as an elite athlete, young adult and her journey with cancer in her inspirational new book, It’s Not About Perfect: Competing for My Country and Fighting for My Life.
Shannon has an amazing story as an entrepreneur, mother and cancer survivor but she is likely best remembered for her amazing Olympic moments.
LISTEN TO BRITTANY AND BALLZER'S CHAT WITH SHANNON HERE:
SAD: Lamar Odom was recently removed twice off a Delta flight from Los Angeles to New York City. He allegedly got drunk in the airport on beer and whiskey before vomiting on the plane. He was then escorted off the plane for a second and final time. The incident caused the flight to arrive 40 minutes late.
SCARY: Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato's New Jersey concert was almost canceled after a suspicious package was found. The Newark police moved in and found a microwave oven. The show went ahead as planned.
STILL AMERICA'S SWEETHEART: Taylor Swift and her new man Tom Hiddleston recently made a surprise visit to the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane, Australia. They helped put smiles on the children's faces!
CONGRATS: Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson has been hired by the Cleveland Browns as a receivers coach.
AWE: Adele kissed a beluga whale at the Shedd Aquarium. She said, “I felt so at peace with myself when I did it. She [the whale] put her cheek to my cheek, and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.”
CONGRATS: Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa is expecting their third child, and it's a girl. 3 girls...that's 4 girls in the house. Kobe's out numbered fo sure!
He's a Grammy winner, British Oscar nominee, has 8 Platinum records, wrote Bobby Brown/New Edition's first hits, and of course had that rad Ghostbusters song! Guitarist/songwriter/producer Ray Parker Jr. had hits as Raydio , Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio, and Ray Parker Jr., He also co-wrote hit songs for Rufus and Chaka Khan and Barry White. Ray's currently writing the definitive memoir, "Who Ya Gonna Call? The Adventures of Ray Parker Jr." as well as a new album of original songs, "1983," expected out by before Christmas 2016.
HEAR BRITTANY AND BALLZER'S INTERVIEW WITH RAY:
Check out the video of Ray jamming the Ghostbusters theme on Jimmy Kimmel Live with the casts:
ON HOLD: USA Network has delayed the premiere of their new show ''Shooter'', starring Ryan Philippe because of the Dallas shootings. The show is based on Mark Wahlberg's 2007 film about an American sniper, who is wrongly accused of a crime.
GET WELL SOON: Lil Wayne was hospitalized last week after suffering another seizure. He canceled his Vegas nightclub performance, and after a brief stint in the ICU Weezy was released and is now resting comfortably in Miami.
DETERMINATION: Paula Abdul says when she tried out to be a Laker Girl, she was cut before she even got to dance. So she changed her clothes, put her hair in a ponytail, and re-entered as her middle name, Julie, and altered her last name to Abbal. After getting cut again and changing her clothes for a third time, Paula finally became a Laker Girl.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY: The Logo network is shooting a 'bachelor' inspired show, only this time the bachelor is a gay man. Robert Sepulveda Jr. is a good looking interior designer with Puerto Rican roots who lives in Atlanta. 20 male contestants have been cast and the show is currently filming at an L.A. Mansion. No word on when the show will premiere on Logo.
SWIPE LEFT: Bachelorette bad boy Chad Johnson has a Tinder account that reads: “You're gonna have to deal with me being a workaholic realtor. I want my own jet by 31. I go out once a month maybe. 6'3 195lb and I workout 6 days a week. You probably have a better chance of winning the lottery to be honest.” Aaaand.... #swipeleft
PEACE: Snoop Dogg and The Game led a peaceful march to the LA Police Headquarters on Friday where they met with the Mayor and Police Chief. Snoop addressed the media and said: “Our whole mission today was to move in peace and show that L.A. can be unified. Not to bash the police, but to come up here and get some dialogue and communication.”
LAST STRAW: Khloe Kardashian has kicked Lamar Odom out of their Calabasas rental. After his OD last year, she wanted to be near him to help his recovery. But after family members found drugs and drug paraphernalia on the property last month, Khloe said...you're on your own. Lease is up at the end of the month!
SOLD! The UFC has been sold at the price of $4 billion. Entertainment and sports talent agency WME/IMG will be the new owners. Deal should be finalized in a couple months.
CONGRATS: Former Yankees star Derek Jeter married longtime girlfriend Hannah Davis over the weekend in Napa. They're headed to Europe for a 3 week honeymoon.
I WORK OUT: David Hasselhoff revealed that he exercised in secret before shooting his scenes for the new Baywatch movie. Hoff said, ''The Rock is a man and a half. I knew I was going to have to shoot next to him. I'm old enough to be his dad.”
BIG DEAL: Beyonce ordered 200 steaks, 200 chicken thighs and 100 boneless chicken fillets for her crew before a show last week. The butcher's shop was in a bit of a panic, because it was last minute. The order came personally from Beyonce...so they wanted it to be perfect! Could you imagine that phone call?
NOPE: Bill Cosby's request to have the sexual assault charges against him thrown out, because his accuser wasn't called as a witness at a preliminary hearing in May, has been rejected!
CONGRATS! Former Bachelorette, Ali Fedotowsky recently gave birth to a daughter named Molly, named after Ali's grandmother.
OVERBOARD: Justin Timberlake is spending $1 million dollars to baby-proof his tour bus so that his son Silas won't bump his head or hurt himself when he falls. #overboard
JUST A SMALL GIFT: Snoop Dogg presented Kobe Bryant with a one-of-a-kind LA Lakers-themed convertible. The hood has images of Kobe Bryant alongside Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. There's also a big picture of Snoop in a Lakers jersey. The car is a retirement gift!
CREEPY: A man drove to Taylor Swift's mansion on Wednesday so he could propose to her. The man was crying and told officers that Taylor was supposed to marry him. Her security team stopped the man at the front gate. Cops took him to a hospital for a mental evaluation.
THAT WAS QUICK: Calvin Harris has written a song about his breakup with Taylor Swift. The lyrics are from Tom Hiddleston's point of view: “You’ve hidden my name in your phone so you can call me to tell me you’ve been going through hell.” “Low key you won’t tell none of your friends about me.” Taylor will for sure retaliate with her own song in response, and we can't wait!
O.A.R. is coming to Freedom Fest with TUGG, The Remainders, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. It's a great event for Veteran Causes, and this year it's 2 days! La Crosse Symphony Orchestra is playing a free concert Friday night, July 15, and the motorcycle ride and concert are Saturday July 16th at UWL.
Their new album, XX, is due out August 5th.
Brittany and Ballzer had the chance to talk to O.A.R. guitarist Richard On. Check it out:
DEJAVUE: Stop me if you've heard this one before...Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston are moving in together and they're considering a wedding this winter.
PATIENCE: Adele addressed rumors that she's engaged. She said, “I would tell you if I was engaged. I wouldn’t be able to contain myself. “He simply hasn’t proposed yet, so let’s move on!”
BAD IDEA: Mike Fleiss, creator of the Bachelor, tweeted: "I'm thinking Chad Johnson should be the next Bachelor spinoff....not the next Bachelor...but maybe he needs a show of his own! #ChadtotheBone."
FLASHBACK: Nickelodeon is reviving the classic game show "Double Dare" with Marc Summers. But there's a catch...it's for one night only at the San Diego Comic-Con. They'll stream it on Facebook Live from The Splat's Facebook page.
CONGRATS: Ciara and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson got married yesterday at the Peckforton Castle in Liverpool, England. Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Rowland attended, and guests handed over their cell phones before being allowed into the wedding.
BROKE: 50 Cent presented a financial plan to the court back in April to help pay off his debt. The judge approved the plan yesterday! 50 will pay out $46 million over the next 5 years to pay off his debts. He was all smiles leaving the courthouse...probably cause he knew he was headed to the strip club to celebrate. Might as well add another couple thousand on to his debt...
A 13-foot Captain America statue is being erected in Brooklyn. The bronze sculpture weighs 2,000 pounds and shows Cap with his famous shield. The statue is inscribed with: “I’m just a kid from Brooklyn”
Ace Showbiz claims Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson plans to marry Ciara in England this weekend.
The Washington Post claims Snoop Dogg is going to perform at a post-Democratic National Convention unity party. Snoop is backing Hillary Clinton for president.
Contact Music claims Ray J's manager David Weintraub told Heat magazine that Ray J may sue Kanye West for mocking him in his video for "Famous". “There's too many times Kanye has done this, and you can't really continue to use people's likeness without either compensation or clearance,” he said
Law Newz claims Nike is opposing the WWE's trademark application for the catchphrase "Just Bring It''. They say that catchphrase is too similar to their own phrase ''Just Do It''. "Just Bring It'' was The Rock's catchphrase during his early days in the WWE
#HIDDLESWIFT People magazine says Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston spent the Fourth of July weekend together at her Rhode Island estate. She wore a red bikini while he wore a white tank top that read: "I (heart) TS''.
CONGRATS: Emily Blunt and John Krasinski have welcomed their second child together. Their new baby daughter is named Violet
RUMOR MILL? E! News claims Rihanna and Drake are dating
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: Lady Gaga has finally gotten her driver’s license at age 30.
READING RAINBOW: Lil Wayne’s long-awaited memoir written during his time spent in jail from 2010 finally has an official release date. “Gone ‘Til November: A Journal of Rikers Island” will be hitting book shelves on October 11th
I'M IN! Anna Kendrick says she would like to play the superhero "Squirrel Girl" in a Marvel movie.
Ballzer says: "I've never heard of Squirrel Girl but if Anna Kendrick is in it, I'll see it!"
Riverfest kicks off today and one of the best parts of Riverfest is the FOOD! There are 16 local area restaurants feeding you this Riverfest. Click here to see a list of all the restaurants and what's on their menus!
Special thanks to all of them for allowing us to come through this morning and try their delicious food! Here is a quick run down of what to expect...We're STUFFED!
CRUSHIN': Idina Menzel revealed to the ladies of 'The Talk' that she has a "wicked crush" on Matt Damon. Idina says Matt is her "soulmate." Her friends used to prank her by telling her that Matt was in the audience when she was performing. He eventually came to see her and she flipped out!
SOUL MATE: Taylor Swift has found her soulmate in Tom Hiddleston. Taylor has been telling her friends that being with Tom makes her feel like she is at home and that she’s never been happier.” And by the way, the tabloids have nicknamed them 'Hiddleswift.' Good to know!
CONGRATS: Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus may marry next month. The date has been set, but no one knows what it is except for the two of them and their parents.
INTERESTING OR TRAIN WRECK? Lindsay Lohan tells Vanity Fair that she is writing a book about her life. Lindsay says, “I hope that my words will connect with those who need some guidance when [or] if they are in a tough place.”
BOOM! Ludacris is such a baller he gave his wife her own holiday, calling it Mrs. Bridges Day, and celebrated the occasion with a brand spankin' new Benz! Luda shocked his wife with a 2016 AMG G63 on the set of 'Fast 8' yesterday in Atlanta. I want my own holiday!
SAFETY FIRST: Michael Jordan jumped on a jetski off the coast of Italy and shredded the waves around some cool cliffs and caverns. And he made sure to protect his billion dollar brain with a helmet. Smart!
VACAY: Fred Savage and Carrie Ann Inaba will be co-hosting upcoming episodes of ''Live with Kelly'' so that Kelly can have a day off!
NICE! Rihanna recently bought 20 large pizzas for fans that were waiting in the rain to see her perform in the UK.
CONGRATS: Selena Gomez and NSYNC will soon be getting stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
BALLER: Calvin Harris has been spending time on a yacht with a group of attractive, bikini-clad women. He posted that he was “writing songs.”
BABIES ON BOARD: Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are expecting twins!
MAKE THAT MONEY: Adidas announced yesterday, they've signed Kanye to a contract for YEEZY retail shops that will sell shoes, apparel, and accessories. Kanye will design athletic wear for basketball and football. Kanye's new partnership with Adidas could make him A BILLION DOLLARS. And that's great because he needs more money...
I did something yesterday that I have been putting off for years. It's something that everyone should do, sooner than later. I got a full body check for moles and signs of skin cancer. I had a few moles of concern, like the one on my face in this picture and on my neck and chest. I thought it was time to get it done!
When I was in my early 20's I did A LOT of tanning in tanning beds. I knew it wasn't good for me, but I wanted to be tan because I thought it made me look beautiful! Although a nice tan glow can look beautiful...skin cancer, lesions, and black hairy moles are not quite as beautiful.
Thankfully, at this time, I do not have any moles that are medically concerning. Amazingly, by looking at my back he knew that at some point I had suffered a sun burn that caused blistering. To me it looks like freckles, to the Dermatologist it's sun damage. I'm supposed to watch a couple of them to be sure they don't grow or change color, but overall I was lucky.
The Dr. did suggest that a small amount of sunlight is actually good for your health. 20 minutes a day was his recommendation (using sunscreen). Natural sunlight gives you the Vitamin D that your body needs.
If anything, finding out the condition of your skin as a baseline is a good idea. Then you have something to compare it to years down the road. And let's be real...most importantly, it's peace of mind! If you find there are signs of skin cancer, you can get on top of it and get it taken care of before it becomes deadly!
Sure, it wasn't the most comfortable experience because it's important for the doctor to check every inch of your naked body. It's not the time to be self conscious. The doctor is being thorough to insure to catch any and all signs of concern! I'm not trying to tell you what to do, but I thought maybe you were thinking about it and possibly were putting it off, like I was, because you were scared. I now have one less thing to be concerned or stressed about!
Click here to learn more about how to protect your skin, ways to prevent skin cancer, and avoid further damage!