Kari Miller


Position: D/S, Libero
Height: 5-5
Hometown/ Current residence: Washington D.C./ San Antonio, Tex.
Birth year: 1977
College/ Grad Year: University of Central Oklahoma, 2011
Nature of disability: Double amputee
Joined the team: 2006


  • Two time Paralympic Silver Medalist (2012 and 2008)
  • Started all 17 matches of both the London and Beijing Paralympics
  • Named Best Receiver and Best Libero of the London Paralympics
  • Named Best Libero of the 2011 ECVD Continental Cup
  • Along with her teammates named, “Paralympians of the Year” for 2008

2016 – World ParaVolley Intercontinental Cup (Gold)
2015 – Parapan American Games (Gold)
2012 – Paralympic Games (Silver); Volleyball Masters (Gold); Shanghai Exhibition Tournament; Netherlands Exhibition Tournament
2011 – Parapan American Zonal Championships (Gold); ECVD Continental Cup (Gold)
2010 – WOVD Sitting Volleyball World Championships (Silver); Parapan American Championship (Gold); WOVD World Cup (Gold)
2009 – Parapan American Zonal Championship (Gold); Eurocup (Gold)
2008 – Paralympic Games in Beijing (Silver); WOVD Intercontinental Cup (Bronze)
2007 – Sitting Volleyball Invitational (Silver)
2006 – Sitting Volleyball World Championships

  • Kari is a U.S. Army veteran and earned the rank of Sergeant
  • She became an amputee in 1999 when a drunk driver collided with the car she was traveling in
  • In 2013, Kari was nominated for the USAA Athletic Inspiration Award
  • She has since served as a community programs coordinator for the Air Force’s Wound Ill and Injured program
  • She was named a “Hero of Fortune” by Fortune Magazine, recognizing individuals who work for Fortune 500 companies
  • Her hobbies include jetskiing, rock climbing and darts
  • The person she admires most is her mother because, “Even through all the adversity she stood strong and provided for us with love and tons of humor.”

Sitting Update: Men's camp key to Rio prep
Fortune: Heroes of the 500
IntersportChicago: Kari Miller – 2013 USAA Athletic Inspiration Award Nominee
Team USA: Returning Veterans: Kari Miller – Sitting Volleyball
The Washington Times: Car crash didn’t deter D.C. Paralympian Kari Miller
Disabled Sports USA: Athlete Profile: Kari Miller
PBS: Medal Quest | Medal Quest at the Games | "China is our toughest rival"
ESPNW: Kari Miller goes from Bosnia to the backcourt

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