While at Weaver High School, where she graduated in 1980, McMinn excelled in track and field. She ran as a hurdler and in relays and competed in the high jump and long jump. As a senior McMinn established an Alabama High School Athletic Association indoor record in the 60-yard low hurdles. At the Calhoun County track meet that spring McMinn was first in the 100-yard dash, 110-yard low hurdles and long jump and tied for first in the high jump. At the 1980 AHSAA state outdoor meet she placed second or third in four events, leading Weaver to a third place finish in Class 3A.
McMinn’s true sports passion was gymnastics. She began her career as a gymnast while in junior high school. McMinn competed with the Anniston YMCA’s Saltos club, coached by Noma Gant, until she completed high school. In 1980, McMinn was No. 1 All-Around in the state championship meet, leading Saltos to the state championship.
McMinn’s abilities as a gymnast earned her a scholarship to the University of Georgia. At Georgia, McMinn was All-SEC, All-Region, All-American and Academic All-American each of her four years. As a senior in 1984, she was Southeastern Conference All-Around champion.
When McMinn completed undergraduate school in 1984 she received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. McMinn completed her medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She now lives and practices in Atlanta.