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Grace Miller

Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW8

Further personal information

Residence
Bozeman, MT, USA
Languages
English
Higher education
Biology - University of Alaska Fairbanks: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age four in Alaska, United States of America.
Why this sport?
"My mother was a ski coach and really loved skiing."

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
United States

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
"Being able to ski at my last ever state high school meeting. It was the last ever school race for me." (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Mikey Evans. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US cross-country skier Jessie Diggins. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Other sports
She has represented the United States of America in both Para biathlon and Para cross-country skiing. (Facebook profile, 17 Jan 2019; frontiersman.com, 13 Jan 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (frontiersman.com, 13 Jan 2019)
Impairment
She was born without her left forearm. (frontiersman.com, 09 Jul 2015)
Other information
COLLEGE EXPERIENCE
She started college after competing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, and trained with the University of Alaska Fairbanks skiing team while she was studying biology. She graduated in 2021. "UAF is an amazing great choice for Nordic skiers. Becoming a full-time college athlete was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. Skiing and training becomes your life instead of being a part of it. When you're a college athlete, everyone is under the same pressure of trying to perform in both school and our sport, so that's nice to bond over. The intensity - training twice a day with a team and being able to work out with other elite athletes - makes you work so much harder. Especially seeing people who are a lot faster than me is really motivating. Because it just means that there are no limits to what you can do. If you have the opportunity to train with a college team, I would 100% recommend it." (teamusa.org, 22 Apr 2021; uaf.edu, 01 Aug 2020; frontiersman.com, 13 Jan 2019; Facebook profile, 02 May 2021)

ADOPTION
She was adopted from the People's Republic of China at age three and subsequently moved to Palmer, AK, United States of America. (teamusa.org, 22 Apr 2021; frontiersman.com, 09 Jul 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 15km Free Standing Final 2018-03-12 10
Women's 1.5km Sprint Classic Standing Final 2018-03-14 16
Women's 7.5km Classic Standing Final 2018-03-17 18
4x2.5km Open Relay Final 2018-03-18 12