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SCHIFFLER Michelle
Sport Sitting Volleyball
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age36
Place of BirthLake Wales, FL, USA
Height1.83 m
Weight 74 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Alexander, daughter Marlena [2015]
Other names
Michelle Gerlosky
Residence
Radebeul, GER
Languages
English
Higher education
Biology - University of Georgia: Athens, GA, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried the sport in 2009 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK, United States of America.
Why this sport?
She competed in volleyball at high school, but she stopped soon after starting university. She met US Para cyclist Ron Williams, who asked her why she had stopped playing and introduced her to sitting volleyball. Having been inspired by watching an internet video of the US national team playing in the final of the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, she got in touch with the team's coordinator and was invited to attend a training session.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Middle blocker , Outside hitter
Senior International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
United States
General Interest
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (USA Volleyball, 17 Aug 2012)
Hero / Idol
US beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor, American football player Ronde Barber. (teamusa.org, 2016, 11 Jun 2012)
Awards and honours
She was a member of the US national sitting volleyball team that was named the 2016 Paralympic Team of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee [USOC]. (teamusa.org, 2016)

She was named Best Server at the 2011 ECVD Continental Cup in Yevpatoria, Ukraine. (USA Volleyball, 17 Aug 2012)
Famous relatives
Her husband Alexander represented Germany in sitting volleyball at the Paralympic Games in 2000, 2004 and 2012. He won a bronze medal at the 2012 Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 21 Jun 2014; USA Volleyball, 17 Aug 2012)
Impairment
She was born without her right hand and part of her forearm. The amniotic band had wrapped around her arm during her mother's pregnancy. (theledger.com, 27 Aug 2012; USA Volleyball, 17 Aug 2012)
Other information
RETIREMENT
After competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she retired from international competition so that she could spend time with her daughter. (dsc1898.de, 29 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 Team  
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 Team