Mills at the 1988 Olympic Games
November 2 1972
Years on National Team
Bela & Marta Karolyi
Phoebe Mills (born November 2, 1972 in Northfield, Illinois, U.S.) is a retired American artistic gymnast. She was the first American to medal at a fully-attended Olympics, winning bronze on balance beam at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.
Mills was coached by Marta and Béla Károlyi in Houston, Texas. She attended her first U.S. Nationals in 1984, finishing eighth in the junior division. While Mills was sometimes overshadowed in the media by her teammate Kristie Phillips, she developed a reputation as a steady, consistent competitor in national and international meets, placing third at the 1985 City of Popes competition and second at the 1986 U.S. Olympic Festival and U.S. Nationals (junior division). In 1987 she attended her first and only World Gymnastics Championships as a member of the sixth-place American team.
1988 was Mills' breakout year. She won every meet she entered, including the U.S. Nationals, the American Cup, the Mardi Gras Invitational and the International Mixed Pairs, was named the United States Olympic Committee's Gymnast of the Year and was nominated for the prestigious James E. Sullivan Award. She also placed first at the U.S. Olympic Trials, easily earning a spot on the American squad for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.
Mills emerged as the U.S. team's most successful gymnast at the Olympics. While she finished a modest fifteenth place in the all-around, she also qualified for three event finals, more than any other member of the team. She performed a solid, artistic routine to win a bronze medal on the balance beam, behind Daniela Silivaş and Elena Shushunova. With her third-place finish, Mills became the first individual American female gymnast to win a medal in a fully attended Olympics, and the only American gymnast, male or female, to medal in Seoul.
Mills continued to compete in early 1989, but retired later that year, due in part to the effects of Epstein-Barr syndrome. She has occasionally returned to the sport as a coach. In 2000, Mills was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
|1984||Junior National Championships||8|
|Junior U.S. Classic||4|
|1985||Junior American Classic||2nd|
|Junior U.S. Classic||4|
|Junior National Championships||3rd|
|Junior World Invitational||9|
|City of Popes||3rd||4||2nd|
|USA vs. France||1st|
|Junior National Championships||2nd|
|U.S. Olympic Festival||2nd||2nd||1st||2nd||2nd|
|World Sports Fair||2nd|
|USA vs. China||1st|
|1987||McDonald's American Cup||3rd||1st||1st||1st||6|
|International Mixed Pairs||1st|
|USA vs. USSR||1st||2nd||2nd|
|Rotterdam World Championships||6|
|1988||McDonald's American Cup||1st||2nd||2nd||1st||2nd|
|Mardi Gras Invitational||1st||1st||2nd||1st||1st|
|International Mixed Pairs||1st|
|U.S. National Championships||1st||4||3rd||1st|
|U.S. Olympic Trials||1st|
|Seoul Olympic Games||4||10||8||3rd||6|
|1989||International Mixed Pairs||3rd|
|American Cup Champions|
|Nadia Comăneci • Kathy Johnson • Natalia Tereschenko • Stella Zakharova • Tracee Talavera • Julianne McNamara • Mary Lou Retton • Kristie Phillips • Phoebe Mills • Brandy Johnson • Kim Zmeskal • Betty Okino • Kim Zmeskal • Shannon Miller • Dominique Dawes • Kristy Powell • Kerri Strug • Elvire Teza • Viktoria Karpenko • Jennie Thompson • Elena Produnova • Elena Zamolodchikova • Tasha Schwikert • Carly Patterson • Alicia Sacramone (VT) | Chellsie Memmel (UB) | Zhang Nan-Nastia Liukin (BB) | Patricia Moreno (FX) • Nastia Liukin • Shawn Johnson • Nastia Liukin • Jordyn Wieber • Rebecca Bross • Jordyn Wieber • Katelyn Ohashi • Elizabeth Price • Simone Biles • Gabby Douglas • Ragan Smith • Morgan Hurd|
|U.S. National Champions|
|Donna Schanezer | Muriel Grossfeld • Marie Walther • Gail Daley | Doris Fuchs • Donna Schanezer | Linda Metheny • Carolyn Hacker • Linda Scott | Linda Metheny • Joyce Tanac • Cathy Rigby | Linda Metheny • Joan Moore Gnat | Cathy Rigby • Joan Moore Gnat • Tammy Manville • Denise Cheshire | Robin Huebner • Donna Turnbow • Kathy Johnson • Leslie Pyfer • Julianne McNamara • Tracee Talavera • Dianne Durham • Mary Lou Retton • Sabrina Mar • Jennifer Sey • Kristie Phillips • Phoebe Mills • Brandy Johnson • Kim Zmeskal • Shannon Miller • Dominique Dawes • Dominique Moceanu • Shannon Miller • Vanessa Atler | Kristy Powell • Kristen Maloney • Elise Ray • Tasha Schwikert • Courtney Kupets • Courtney Kupets | Carly Patterson • Nastia Liukin • Shawn Johnson • Bridget Sloan • Rebecca Bross • Jordyn Wieber • Simone Biles • Ragan Smith|
|U.S. Classic Champions|
Diane Durham • Tracee Talavera • Sabrina Mar • Doe Yamashiro • Phoebe Mills • Juliet Bangerter • Agnia Simpkins • Kim Kelly • Wendy Bruce • Dominique Dawes • Amanda Borden • Jaycie Phelps • Jennie Thompson • Lindsay Wing • Jennie Thompson • Sierra Sapunar • Vanessa Atler • Tasha Schwikert • Annia Hatch • Courtney Kupets • Tia Orlando • Nastia Liukin • Natasha Kelley | Ashley Priess • Bridget Sloan • Ashley Stott • Olivia Courtney • Mattie Larson • Aly Raisman • Kyla Ross • Simone Biles • Aly Raisman • Alyona Shchennikova
Tracey Butler • Susie Silverman • Jennifer Barton • Sheryl Dundas | Catherine Williams • Juliet Bangerter | Shannon Miller • Kim Zmeskal | Laura Segundo • Larissa Fontaine | Amy Shelton • Anne Woynerowsky | Judy Esmero • Kristy Powell | Doni Thompson • Kristi Lichey • Katie Teft • Robin Phelps • Kristin Jensen • Kristin Thome • Morgan White • Kristal Uzelac • Carly Patterson • Nastia Liukin • Ashley Priess • Shawn Johnson • Rheagan Courville • Jordyn Wieber • Kyla Ross • Jordyn Wieber • Kyla Ross • Simone Biles • Bailie Key • Jordan Chiles • Laurie Hernandez • Irina Alexeeva • Emma Malabuyo