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Cody
Miller
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
09 January 1992
Height
181 cm
Family
Wife Ali
Residence
Bloomington, IN, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English
Higher education
Business Management - Indiana University: Bloomington, IN, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He entered his first swimming competition at age eight.
Why this sport?
He had pectus excavatum, also known as a sunken chest, which can diminish lung capacity. As a result, he took up swimming to improve his heart and breathing.
Club / Team
Sandpipers of Nevada [USA] / Indiana Swimming [USA]:
Name of coach
Ray Looze [Indiana Swimming], USA

General Interest

Hobbies
Going to the cinema, reading comic books, playing video games, skateboarding. (Facebook page, 15 Aug 2018; usaswimming.org, 01 Jan 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal and a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (sports.yahoo.com, 14 Oct 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Ron Aitken and Chris Barber. (reviewjournal.com, 28 Jul 2016)
Hero / Idol
His mother. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 24 Dec 2015)
Injuries
He injured his knee injury in mid-2018, which prevented him from competing in a series of competitions. He missed six months training after surgery. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 12 Jun 2019; swimswam.com, 28 Nov 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
“You might want to win gold medals, and you might want to be a successful swimmer, but if you don't enjoy the process, guess what, you're not doing it for the right reasons." (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 12 Jun 2019)
Famous relatives
His younger sister Catie has competed in swimming at university level. (swimswam.com, 24 May 2014; usaswimming.org, 01 Jan 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (billingsgazette.com, 23 Dec 2016)
Other information
TECHNIQUE CHANGE
After he was disqualified from the 4x100m mixed medley relay for multiple dolphin kicks at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, he released a video on social media outlining how he would change his technique, as he had been disqualified for similar instances in the past. "So, what I'm going to do to ensure that I never get disqualified again, to ensure that there's no grey area [and] I'm not doing anything illegal, is change the technique of my pullout back to the early 2000s-style pullout. Which means that I will be dolphin kicking with my pull-down simultaneously. That's what I'm going to do for literally the remainder of my career. I don't want anybody to feel bad for me or pity me, that's not what I'm saying. I just want people to understand that I'm human. When I hear things about me, it hurts. I hate the fact that I have this reputation, that I have a reputation for this kind of thing. I don't like it. I wish I didn't. But I have to own it." (swimswam.com, 20 Aug 2019)

FAMILY
His father was an alcoholic, and Miller was raised by his mother. He had little contact with his father, who died on Christmas Day 2015 while living on the streets in Ocean Beach, CA, United States of America. After he had won gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Miller shared his father's story. “I felt like it was important that people know that despite me losing my dad six months before the Olympics, I was still able to come through and still able to achieve my dreams. Everybody has struggles. That's one thing that I went through that really sucked, that I had to deal with, that my family had to deal with." (sports.yahoo.com, 14 Oct 2016; swimmingworldmagazine.com, 12 Jun 2019)