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MILLER Kari
Sport Sitting Volleyball
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age42
Place of BirthNewark, NJ, USA
Height1.68 m
Weight 52 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
D
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Jay Ortiz
Residence
San Antonio, TX, USA
Occupation
Motivational Speaker, Veteran
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began playing sitting volleyball in 2004.
Why this sport?
She previously played wheelchair basketball but was unable to break into the US national team. One of her club teammates suggested that she try sitting volleyball. She learned the basics and attended a tryout for the US national team in 2004, but she was unsuccessful. She wanted to leave the sport but her mother persuaded her to keep training.
Name of coach
Bill Hamiter [national], USA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Libero
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
United States
General Interest
Hobbies
Equestrianism, jet skiing, parachuting, rock climbing, supporting NFL team Minnesota Vikings. (knqr.com.au, 05 Feb 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (sites.uco.edu, 24 Oct 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named the Best Receiver and Best Libero at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (teamusa.org, 01 Oct 2016)

She was named the Best Libero at the 2011 ECVD Continental Cup in Yevpatoria, Ukraine. (teamusa.org, 01 Oct 2016)
Other sports
She played wheelchair basketball for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States of America. (illinois.edu, 2012)
Impairment
In 1999 she was involved in a road collision when a drunk driver crashed into the car she was travelling in. Her injuries resulted in the amputation of both her legs above the knee. The driver of her car was killed in the crash. (teamusa.org, 01 Oct 2016; pbs.org, 2012)
Other information
MILITARY SERVICE
She joined the US military in 1994 and served in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Korea, and Germany. (herald-mail.com, 09 May 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2008 Team  
2 2012 Team  
1 2016 Team