Hometown: Washington, DC
Birth Year: 1977
Residence: Edmond, Okla.
School: University of Central Oklahoma
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2012 – Paralympic Games (Silver Medal)… Volleyball Masters (Gold Medal)… Shanghai Exhibition Tournament… Netherlands Exhibition Tournament. 2011 – Parapan American Zonal Championships (Gold Medal)...ECVD Continental Cup (Gold Medal). 2010 – WOVD Sitting Volleyball World Championships (Silver Medal)... Parapan American Championship in Colorado (Gold Medal)… World Organization for Volleyball Disabled (WOVD) World Cup (Gold Medal). 2009 – Parapan American Zonal Championship (Gold Medal)… Eurocup (Gold Medal). 2008 – Paralympic Games in Beijing (Silver Medal)... World Organization Volleyball for Disabled (WOVD) Intercontinental Cup (Bronze Medal). 2007 – Sitting Volleyball Invitational (Silver Medal). 2006 – Sitting Volleyball World Championships.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Started all 17 matches of the London Paralympics. Named Best Receiver and Best Libero. Was credited with 75 excellent receptions and four faults to lead all Paralympians. Finished third in digs with 33 and nine faults. Best match was gold medal game against China where she led the U.S. with 14 digs and 23 excellent receptions… Helped the U.S. Women to a 4-0 record and a gold medal at the Volleyball Masters in The Netherlands. 2011 – Helped the U.S. Women to a 7-0 record and a gold medal at the ECVD Continental Cup in Yevpatoria, Ukraine... Named best libero with 163 receptions, good for a seven-game average of 57 percent...Competed with the U.S. Women's Sitting Team in China in four exhibition matches against the Shanghai club team... Led the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team defensively in its four exhibition victories over the Shanghai club team played in conjunction with the 2011 Colorado Crossroads on March 17-20 in Denver… Ranked as team leader with 69 digs, averaging 79 percent “positive” and 59 percent “excellent.” 2010 – Played in 25 sets for the U.S. Women at the Sitting Volleyball World Championships and was the team leader with her 50 "excellent" receptions, 2.00 per set. She also added 43 digs, 36 of which were considered "excellent", and averaged 1.44 digs per set, second best among the squad. 2009 – Awarded along with team as the Paralympians of the Year for 2008 – Key member of the U.S. squad that won the silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing... Started and played every set of every match during the tournament as the team's libero.
PERSONAL: Born Kari LaRaine Miller in 1977, in Newark, N.J. ... Father is Nathaniel Peterson. Her mother is Mary C. Lanuze... has one brother named Michael Miller... Graduated from Cardoza Senior High School in Washington, DC, in 1995... She competed in basketball and track during high school... Was serving in active military duty when a drunk driver collided with the car she was traveling in. The driver of her car was killed. Kari survived, but lost both her legs in the crash; one amputated above the knee, one below... Competed in wheelchair basketball before discovering sitting volleyball... She now trains with the U.S. Women's Sitting Team at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla. ... Hobbies include volunteering at an animal shelter, sky diving, rock climbing, horseback riding and jet skiing... Her favorite professional team is the Minnesota Vikings... Her favorite athlete is Adrian Peterson... She likes to listen to Neo Soul... Her favorite TV show is Heroes... Her role model is her mother... Says of herself, "I will try just about anything."
Updated December 2012
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