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Larrissa Miller
Miller before the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Personal information
Full nameLarrissa Grace Miller
Country represented Australia
Born (1992-07-12) 12 July 1992 (age 28)
Moranbah, Queensland
HometownMelbourne, Victoria
Height160 cm (5 ft 3 in)
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
LevelSenior international
Years on national team2009–present
ClubWaverley Gymnastics Centre/Moranbah Gymnastics Club
Head coach(es)John Hart
Assistant coach(es)Hayden Abrahams
Former coach(es)Vladimir and Irina Joura
ChoreographerBeth Rybacki Lisa Bradley

Larrissa Miller (born 12 July 1992) is an artistic gymnast who represented Australia at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. She made her Australian Senior National Championship debut in 2008, and went on to compete at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011.[1] She also performed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2014 World Championships.

Early life

Miller was born on 12 July 1992 in Moranbah, Australia.[2] She started gymnastics when she was five years old at Moranbah Gymnastics Club, where she was coached by Julie Hands. When she was seven, she moved to Brisbane to train at the Queensland Academy of Sport with Vladimir and Irina Joura.[3]

In 2015, Miller revealed that she had been sexually abused by an extended family member from the ages of 5 to 16. She is an advocate and ambassador for Bravehearts, an Australian non-profit organisation focused on child sexual assault.[4][5]

Gymnastics career

Miller (third from right) with Kate Lundy and Australian Olympic teammates.
Miller (third from right) with Kate Lundy and Australian Olympic teammates.

Miller competed at her first Australian Senior National Championships in 2008 and finished 12th in the all-around. In 2009, she finished 7th overall and 2nd on the uneven bars.[1]

At the 2009 World Championships in London, she finished 5th in the uneven bars qualification and 7th in the finals.[2][1] At the 2010 Pacific Rim Championships, she finished 3rd with the Australian team, 8th on the uneven bars, and 19th in the all-around.[2]

In June 2012, Miller was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[3][6][7][8][9] At the Olympics, she finished 29th on bars, 42nd on floor, and 10th with the Australian team.[10]

After her Olympic debut, Miller took some time out of the gym. She resumed training in November 2014 at Waverley Gymnastics Centre in Melbourne.[citation needed]

Miller attended the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where she claimed a silver on uneven bars (behind British gymnast Rebecca Downie) and helped Australia earn a silver in the team competition. Later that year, she competed in the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Nanning, China, where she qualified for the floor final in 8th place and finished 6th.[11]

In June 2016, Miller was announced as Australia's lone representative in the women's gymnastics competition at the 2016 Olympics.[12]

In 2017 Miller was a contestant in the first season of Australian Ninja Warrior.[13]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Larrissa Miller Profile". Gymnastics.org.au. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Larrissa Miller". Gymnastics.org.au. Archived from the original on 14 May 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Olympic debutants jump for joy". Canberratimes.com.au. 14 September 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  4. ^ http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/gymnastics-was-my-escape-miller-ready-for-worlds/2807613/
  5. ^ https://www.bravehearts.org.au/pages/olympic-gymnast-larrissa-miller-is-a-white-balloon.php
  6. ^ "The Australian Girls Hope to Finish Sixth as They Did in Beijing". The Australian. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Australian Olympic Team Announced". Inside Gymnastics Magazine. Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  8. ^ "Mitchell heads gymnastics team". Sportal Australia. Archived from the original on 24 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  9. ^ "Mitchell not feeling pressure for Games". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Australian Olympic Committee: Larrissa Miller". corporate.olympics.com.au. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  11. ^ http://ozgymnastics.blogspot.com.au/2014/10/2014-worlds-womens-floor-final.html
  12. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-08/larissa-miller-beats-lauren-mitchell-to-olympic-gymnast-spot/7493246
  13. ^ Mortimer, Luke. "Athlete faces tough new obstacle on TV". Fraser Coast Chronicle. Retrieved 10 July 2017.