Phoebe Mills (USA)

"Start thinking about your career plans now, and once you are done competing, move forward into something else immediately." -- Phoebe Mills
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1984 Junior U.S. Championships: 8th AA
1985 American Classic: 2nd AA
1985 U.S. Classic (Jr.): 4th AA
1985 Junior U.S. Championship: 3rd AA
1985 Junior World Invitational: 9th AA
1985 City of the Popes: 3rd AA, 4th UB, 2nd BB
1985 USA vs. France: 1st AA
1986 American Classic (Jr.): 4th AA
1986 Junior U.S. Championships: 2nd AA
1986 U.S. Olympic Festival: 1st T, 2nd AA, 2nd V, 1st UB, 2nd BB, 2nd FX
1986 World Sports Fair: 2nd V
1986 Canadian Classic: 2nd AA, 2nd V, 1st UB, 1st BB
1986 USA vs. China: 1st AA1988 US Nationals 1st AA
1987 American Cup: 3rd AA, 1st V (tie), 1st UB, 1st BB, 6th FX
1987 International Mixed Pairs: 1st
1987 USA vs. USSR: 11th AA, 2nd V (tie), 2nd BB
1987 World Championships: 6th T
1988 Mardi Gras Invitational: 1st AA, 1st V, 2nd UB, 1st BB, 1st FX
1988 U.S. Nationals: 1st AA, 4th UB, 3rd BB, 1st FX
1988 American Cup: 1st AA, 2nd V, 1st UB, 2nd BB, 1st FX (tie)
1988 International Mixed Pairs: 1st AA
1988 U.S. Olympic Trials: 1st AA
1988 Olympic Games: 4th Team, 10th AA, 8th UB, 3rd Beam, 6th FX

The majority of these results were compiled from information found within the programme handed out at the 1988 U.S. Nationals

Phoebe Mills, a former Bela Karolyi great, emerged in 1988 as the top contender for the US in the Olympic Games. Formerly a speed skating international age division record holder (500 meters) at age 8, Mills focused her attention on gymnastics, and peaked at just the right time to earn success at the Olympic Games winning a bronze on balance beam. Mills was the only U.S. gymnast to win a medal at the 88 Olympics.

Mills comes from a family of athletes (five brothers and sisters) and they were featured in the 6/22/87 issue of Sports Illustrated. Her brother Nathan made it to the 1992 (Albertville) and 1994 (Lillehammer) Winter Olympics as a speed skater, and her sister Jessica won the 1989 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

Pheobe Mills and Rhonda Faehn meet up again at Woodwards Gymnastics Camp (Summer of 1999). 
Photo used with the expressed permission of Joy Anne Bauer.

While the goal of having several members of the family on the 1992 Olympic Team kept Phoebe in the sport after the 1988 Olympics, she retired in 1989 to finish high school at home in Illinois. True to her talent in athletics, she began the sport of diving, competed in the 93 U.S. Olympic Festival (she competed in the 86 U.S. Olympic Festival as a gymnast!), and competed and finished as high as 23rd at the U.S. Nationals. During this time, Mills was competing with the University of Miami diving team. She graduated from university in 1995 with a degree in environmental policy.

While visiting her sister Jessica in Colorado, Mills fell in love with the sport of snowboarding. She eventually moved to Ludlow, Vermont, where she worked as the head snowboard coach for the Okemo Mountain School. In addition, she was part of the coaching team for the Junior U.S.A. Snowboarding Team. One of Mills' snowboarding students won his age group at the 1998 Junior World Championships in Grindelwald, Switzerland (the USA team placed fourth overall). 

In 2000, Mills was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Then a resident of San Diego, California, Mills was coaching at Aztec Gymnastics Club and looking for a position in environmental sciences. Law school called instead, and Mills enrolled at the Vermont Law School, where she is majoring in Native American and Environmental Law. She is set to graduate with the class of '04. 

. This page was created on March 25, 1999 and last updated on March 16, 1999 and last updated on January 24, 2004.

 

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