Hannah Miller of Williamston wants to go to South Korea, to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. The 17 year-old figure skater says she's working on a 4 year plan to make the trip. “I don't have a triple triple yet. I'm really working hard on it, and I'm gonna get it."
Miller has experience behind her, and skill. Olympic athletes are also watching Miller’s progress. Jeremy Abbott tweeted he’s a Hannah Miller fan, after watching her perform her short program for “Firebird” at U.S. Nationals in Boston last January. For the past 2 years, Miller has placed in the top ten during the competition. Miller says, “ The nerves for everyone is one of the hardest things. You can do good programs in practice, but they only matter when you do them out there. I think everyone gets affected by those nerves a lot, and I’ve always worked on keeping them under control, and just focusing on how well I do stuff in practice, and put that right into the skates I do when I compete."
Competition goes hand in hand with the Miller name. Hannah comes from a dynasty of skaters. Second cousin Ryan is a goaltender for the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. Sochi will be his second shot at a medal. Miller had hoped to be there too. But coming off ankle surgery last summer, she had to cancel an international competition. “I knew the Olympics were going to be a long shot, so it wasn't too much of a disappointment. Of course it would have been awesome. but I want to go when I can compete with the other girls and able to be on that podium and without a triple triple that wouldn't have happened. I'm just ready to get back to work now and get those triple triples so I can be competitive someday."
This year, Miller is watching the Olympics from her living room. She’s cheering for friends and fellow athletes, up against some stiff international competition for Olympic gold. “Any of our girls really could bring home a medal. We have a really strong team this year. I think that anyone has a chance to bring home that medal. It just depends on who is going to stay mentally tough and give it all they got."
Miller practices at Suburban Ice Arena in East Lansing. In South Korean, her name means “Number 1.”