Local Skater from Famous Hockey Family Paves Her Own Way
East Lansing, MI . . . In a nutshell, 15-year-old Hannah Miller has effectively grown up in an ice rink. She is the oldest daughter of former Michigan State University and Detroit Red Wing hockey player, Kevin Miller and a member of the hockey-loving ‘Miller Family’ which also boasts Uncles Kip and Kelly, as well as cousins – current Buffalo Sabres goaltender, Ryan and his brother, Detroit Red Wing, Drew Miller. Now a sophomore at Williamston High School, Hannah Miller is readying herself to claim her own place in the family (and at the ice rink) and is racking up the figure skating credentials to support it.
Since the age of five, Miller has been skating out of Suburban Ice East Lansing as a member of the Lansing Skating Club; coached by her aunt, Kirsten Miller-Zisholz. In the past two years alone, she became the 2011 Novice Ladies National Champion and then made the move up into the junior division; only to become the reigning 2012 Junior Ladies National Bronze Medalist.
“Hannah is one of the toughest competitors I have ever seen,” states Mo Parisian, Figure Skating Director at Suburban Ice East Lansing. “She handles adversity with grace and determination, and has proven time and time again that she can overcome any challenge. She simply loves to win.”
This past weekend, Miller placed 2nd in an International Competition (Junior Grand Prix) in Linz, Austria and on Monday evening, she found out that out she had been invited to another Junior Grand Prix in Zagreb, Croatia October 3-7, 2012 to compete for Team USA against the best 13-17 year olds from around the world.
Miller will be previewing her Junior Grand Prix performance in an exhibition program this Friday, September 21stat 6:30pm at Suburban Ice East Lansing. This is a free event and open to the public.
Here is a link to her Silver medal performance in Austria this past weekend.