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Zach Miller

Snowboard

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
SB-LL2

Further personal information

Residence
Silverthorne, CO, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Information Technology - DeVry University: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing at age six and took up Para snowboard at age eight through the Children's Hospital Colorado sports programme in Denver, CO, United States of America. He joined Adaptive Action Sports at age 14 in Copper Mountain, CO, United States of America, to pursue a career as an elite Para snowboarder.
Why this sport?
He played basketball as a child, but he tired quickly due to his impairment and would have to be carried to bed after a game. "When I was eight I saw a bunch of snowboarders going through a terrain park and doing these crazy big jumps and I looked back at my teacher and I was like, 'I want to do that'. If I wanted to point my board and straight-line it, there was nothing stopping me. It gave me this new kind of sense of freedom where, all of a sudden, my disability didn't define me. I could just start doing everything I wanted to do on a snowboard."
Club / Team
Adaptive Action Sports: Copper Mountain, CO, USA
Name of coach
Daniel Gale [club], USA
Training Regime
During the off-season he skateboards in Denver, CO, United States of America, at parks that simulate snowboarding.

General interest

Hobbies
Fly fishing, skateboarding, mountain biking. (Adaptive Action Sports Facebook page, 09 Apr 2020; teamusa.org, 22 Jul 2021)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and US snowboarders Daniel Gale and Amy Purdy. (teamusa.org, 04 Jun 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I think that my approach to competition has always been, if you can make your weaknesses your strengths, then all you have left is strengths. That's a hard person to beat." (teamusa.org, 22 Jul 2021)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (insidethegames.biz, 30 Sep 2021)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby. (littletonindependent.net, 22 Feb 2013)
Other information
MENTORS
He credits the importance of Adaptive Action Sports co-founders Daniel Gale and Amy Purdy in his career. "They've always been my mountain family. They kind of gifted me the spirit of snowboarding. My parents gave me my work ethic, and [Gale and Purdy] gave me my determination. Dan has been a big mentor to me, not only being a coach to me on the hill, but being a mentor to me off the snow, as well. He and Amy really helped me further develop my public speaking skills. They, for a few years, actually gave me a place to stay while I was there in the winters so that I would have a place that was just easily accessible to get to the mountains within 30 minutes every day. They've always been there for me." (teamusa.org, 04 Jun 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2017 IPC Snowboard World Championships Big White, CAN (Big White, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Race 1 2017-02-04 12
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2017-02-07 9
Pyha 2019 World Para Snowboard Championships (Pyha, Finland)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2019-03-27 9
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Race 1 2019-03-30 3