Miller out for 10 days with injury

Friday, July 7th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller suffered a hairline crack that will keep her out of this weekend's U.S. Classic, a qualifier for the national championships.

Erica Duggan, a spokeswoman for the gymnastics event, said Friday that an MRI showed the crack in Miller's right tibia. Miller must rest for 10 days.

"This is a very minor injury," said Miller's coach Steve Nunno. "With Shannon's determination she will be fully ready by championships."

The U.S. Championships are scheduled July 26-29 in St. Louis.

Miller, 23, fell during practice Thursday. The Edmond native was injured as she was working on a new vault at the end of her practice. Her hand slipped as she pushed off the vault, and she didn't get as high into the air as she normally does. She landed awkwardly on her knees.

Nunno said Miller will continue train, though lightly.

"This week we will start with light tumbling and no hard landings and we will re-evaluate in about a week," Nunno said.

Miller retired after the 1996 Olympics, but decided in January she wanted to try for another Olympics.