Scott Miller (swimmer)
|Full name||Scott Andrew Miller|
February 21, 1975 |
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||93 kg (205 lb)|
Coached by Barry Prime, the Manly-born swimmer emerged onto the international scene as a 19 year old at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where he won the 100 m butterfly and the 4×100 m medley relay. In 1995, he became the World Short Course champion in the 200 m butterfly, and established himself as a contender for the Atlanta Olympics. While competing at the Pan Pacific Championships in Atlanta that year, he was imprisoned for a night after intervening in a fight outside a nightclub. He was later cleared of wrongdoing.
In Atlanta, Miller was the fastest qualifier for the 100 m butterfly final, setting a new Olympic record of 52.89s in his heat, raising Australian hopes of a first gold at these Olympics. However, Denis Pankratov, representing Russia, who had reserved a rather controversial technique for the final, had other ideas. Pankratov employed the "submarine" technique of underwater swimming, which involved diving into the water and gliding underwater for as long as possible (as swimmers can swim underwater quicker than they can swim at the surface). At the time, it was illegal for breaststrokers and backstrokers to stay underwater for more than 25 m after the dive, but this did not apply to butterfly. Pankratov glided underwater for 35 m and surfaced well clear, reaching the 50 m mark with a lead of roughly 1 m. Despite Miller's determined run home, he touched in 52.53 s to claim the silver medal, 0.36 s behind Pankratov, who broke the nine-year-old world record in 52.27 s.
After the race, Australian head coach Don Talbot was full of praise for Miller's efforts - "I haven't seen a swimmer come back as hard as Miller did. I've got to hand it to him." Miller also claimed a second medal; he combined with Michael Klim, Steven Dewick and Phil Rogers to claim bronze in the 4×100 m medley relay.
Miller had a difficult time upon his return to Australia. He was dismissed from the Australian Institute of Sport for repeatedly missing training sessions, and spent 1997 on the sidelines due to injury. Miller reappeared in the headlines in late 1997 when he tested positive to marijuana and was suspended by FINA for two months in 1998, despite his protestations. On his return from suspension, he had been surpassed by Klim and Geoff Huegill and was unable to gain selection for the Sydney Olympics in 2000. He later made another comeback after the Sydney Olympics, but did not make any further impressions. In 2004, a horse named Krayzelburg which Miller part-owned with other swimming identities won the Sydney Entertainment Centre Trophy.
Miller was charged on 16 April 2008 after police seized a commercial pill press, drugs and cash in a raid on a storage facility in Brookvale on Sydney's northern beaches. They also found capsicum spray and steroids, a loaded revolver, tablets believed to be ecstasy, powder believed to be methamphetamine and $240 000 cash. Miller was charged with possessing a prescribed restricted substance and possessing an offensive weapon. He was released on bail to appear at Manly Local Court on 7 May 2008.  Miller subsequently pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 100 hours of community work and a two-year good behaviour bond. On 18 June 2013, Miller was arrested a second time after a police search at a Mascot property allegedly uncovered methamphetamine, or "ice", and $17,000 in cash. He was granted conditional bail to appear before Waverley Local Court on 10 July 2013. 
He was briefly married to TV personality Charlotte Dawson, from 1999 to 2000.
- "Miller Contests Allegation Of Dope-test Failure". DrugSense Weekly. 26 November 1997. Retrieved 17 April 2008.
- "Krayzelburg in the swim at the Valley". Racing and Sports. 16 June 2004. Retrieved 17 April 2008.
- "Miller in hiding after drug bust". news.com.au. 17 April 2008. Retrieved 17 April 2008.[dead link]
- "Olympian Scott Miller avoids jail over drug bust". news.com.au. 4 September 2009. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
- e6frfku0-1226665875105.html "scott miller arrested and charged with possessing drug believed to be ice". news.com.au. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- Andrews, Malcolm (2000). Australia at the Olympic Games.
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