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MILLER Zach
Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age22
Height1.73 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete, Hospitality Professional, Student
Languages
English
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
General Interest
Nicknames
Zach (blog.coloradoski.com, 12 Jan 2015)
Hobbies
Fly fishing. (Adaptive Action Sports Facebook page, 09 Apr 2020)
Most influential person in career
His family. (littletonindependent.net, 22 Feb 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you are having fun and staying safe, you are probably already learning something." [Tim Ball] (disabledsportsusa.org, 13 Jan 2016)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby. (littletonindependent.net, 22 Feb 2013)
Other information
STUDIES
In 2020 he began studying computer information systems at DeVry University in the United States of America. (Facebook profile, 07 Aug 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
12 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
9 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:10.43
9 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 53.27
3 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
3 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross Team Event  
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
9 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
7 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
9 2015/2016 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:02.02
7 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
9 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
13 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:09.34
8 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:18.61
3 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 37.90
2 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
4 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired