SYDNEY, Australia – 1996 Olympic silver medalist Scott Miller suffered another setback in his roller coaster swimming career when he withdrew from the Australian World Championship Trials.
Miller hasn’t competed in a major competition since his 100m butterfly silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games. He told officials he would be unable to compete at next week’s Australian World Championship Trials in Brisbane because of a shoulder injury, automatically eliminating him from competing at the 1998 World Championships in January.
This setback comes only months after Miller was dismissed from the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra) for missing too many training sessions. Two years ago, Miller spent a night in jail after intervening in a fight outside a nightclub during the 1995 Pan Pacific Championships in Atlanta. Charges arising from that incident were later dropped and Miller made a triumphant return to Atlanta in 1996 to win Olympic silver behind Russian world record holder Denis Pankratov.