4 Reasons to Root for First-Time Olympian Cody Miller

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Editorial Coverage Sponsored By FINIS

By Nicole E. Johnson, Swimming World College Intern

World champion and newly-minted Olympian, Cody Miller, has put forth some eye-catching performances in recent history. From setting NAG records as a teenager to becoming the reigning national champion in the 100 breaststroke, Miller seems to keep steadily improving. At Olympic Trials in Omaha last month, Miller earned his Olympic berth by finishing second to Kevin Cordes in the 100 breaststroke.

Here are some things you may not know about the Olympic rookie…

1. He’s making Indiana University history.

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Miller, a former Indiana University student-athlete, is part of a tribe of IU swimmers becoming the first Hoosiers to make it onto a U.S. Olympic team in 40 years. Breaststroker Lilly King and freestyler Blake Pieroni also added to Hoosier history by securing slots on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. The Hoosiers sent Jim Montgomery to the Olympics back in 1976 where he became the first man to swim the 100-meter freestyle in under 50 seconds. IU Head Coach Ray Looze speaks highly of Miller saying that he has coached very few people that have the passion and determination that Miller possesses.

2. He is sponsored by TYR.

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Photo Courtesy: TYR Sport

At the end of 2015, Cody Miller signed with TYR, adding to the company’s list of talented athletes. The announcement of his professional sponsorship came a week after Miller set two American records (200 SCM breaststroke and 100 SCM breaststroke) at the 2015 Duel In the Pool. It was a good week to be Cody Miller!

3. He has overcome physical obstacles.

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Photo Courtesy: Mike Comer/ProSwimVisuals.com

Miller started swimming when he was 8 years old to help monitor his heart and breathing because of a medical condition called pectus excavatum (sunk-in chest). As it turned out, Miller was a natural and continued to swim, showing tremendous breaststroke talent early in his career.

4. He was featured on the cover of the January’s issue of Swimming World Magazine.

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Miller recently stole the cover of the January 2016 Swimming World Magazine issue after stealing the show at December’s Duel in the Pool. Miller upset world record-holder Daniel Gyurta to win the 200 breaststroke. Check out SwimmingWorld.com’s vault to see the January issue of the magazine, as well as covers from issues dating back to 1960!

Best of luck in Rio, Cody!