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Olympic Gymnast Shannon Miller Gives Birth to Baby Girl

June 26, 2013 08:53:38 GMT

The champion athlete and cancer survivor welcomed her second child with John Falconetti on Tuesday.


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Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller and her husband, Drummond Press president John Falconetti, are celebrating the birth of their new baby daughter Sterling Diane, named after her maternal great-great-grandfather and paternal grandmother. She becomes Miller and Falconetti's second child after first-born son Rocco, who is now three-and-a-half years old.

"Shannon and John are thrilled to welcome Sterling into the world," a representative for the couple broke the good news. "Mom and baby are healthy and doing well." The 36-year-old gold medalist gave birth to the 6-pounds, 15-ounces bundle of joy at 11:49 A.M. on June 25.

Sterling Diane, who becomes the first girl grandchild on Miller's side of the family, is considered a "miracle baby," considering Miller's battle with ovarian cancer prior to the baby's conception that required the surgical removal of her left ovary that contained the malignant tumor. The world all-around gymnastics champion also went through nine weeks of chemotherapy before she became cancer-free.

After the failure of her first marriage to lawyer and ophthalmologist Christopher B. Phillips back in 2006 and her death-defying health scare in 2011, Miller is thankful for her family and her new baby. She said when announcing her second pregnancy earlier this year, "I've been blessed to have the opportunity to do some amazing things in my life but being a mom is second to none."

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