Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Shannon Miller, Olympic Gymnasts to Compete at Myriad

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Shannon Miller, Olympic Gymnasts to Compete at Myriad

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Oklahoma's own fiveme Olympic medal winner, Shannon Miller, will be joined Sunday in Oklahoma City by Olympic gold medalists Bart Conner (who calls Oklahoma home) and Nadia Comaneci. They will appear with the 1992 U.S. Men's and Women's Olympic Gymnastics Teams at the 1992 Gymnastics Spectacular at the Myriad at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets for the gymnastics event are priced at $30, $20 and $17.50 and may be obtained at the Myriad, Civic Center and all metro Sight 'n Sound locations.

Appearing with them will be world champion Kim Zmeskal and gold medalist Trent Dimas, as well as other fellow Olympians.

It should be a thrilling afternoon.

Perhaps Shannon will join forces with Bart and Nadia, who are under contract to Jockey International Inc. The firm, best known for its underwear, specializes in sportsiented spokespeople as well as sportsiented clothing.

At a recent retrospect exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci (Jockey spokeswoman for all of Canada), Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Palmer and 1984 Olympian triple gold medalist swimmer Nancy Hogshead mingled with guests at a preview dinner hosted by Jockey. All four appear _ in Jockey unmentionables _ in color ads for Jockey International in magazines around the world.

Conner, who now does sports announcing, was inducted into the U.S. Olympics Hall of Fame last year. He is the only American gymnast who has won gold medals at every level of national as well as international gymnastics competition and took two gold medals in the 1984 Olympics. He and his coach, Paul Ziert, train aspiring competitive gymnasts at the Gymnast Chalet school in Norman.

A Romanian by birth, Comaneci was 14 years of age when she won three golds, one silver and one bronze medal at the 1976 Olympics. She now lives in Montreal and performs at special gymnastic events, such as the one scheduled here on Sunday.

Fifteenard Shannon Miller trains with Steve Nunno at Dynamo Gymnastics, which has schools in Oklahoma City and Edmond.

At the retrospect in New York City, the sports celebrities were fully clothed, but live models, male and female, wore "period" underwear styles as well as current offerings. Jockey products dating from 1876 to the present were on display throughout the exhibition area as well as reproductions of the advertising campaigns through the years.

(Heaven knows how many of the female members of the press told the ruggedly handsome Palmer they were disappointed he was wearing clothes. Conner received the same treatment, of course.)

Jockey began using sports celebrities to promote its products in the late '30s and early '40s, with endorsements from such legends as Babe Ruth, Yogi Berra, Tommie Armour, Bart Starr, Paul Hornung and Sammy Baugh. …

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