ATHLETE PROFILE : Carol Miller, Swimming

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b2ap3_thumbnail_athlete-carolmiller.jpgCarol Miller is no stranger to the World Police and Fire Games! The first Games she attended was the 1999 Stockholm Sweden Games and one of her favorite memories from that location was a day trip tour to the Archipelago Islands. In 2005, she competed in Quebec (and broke the record for the 200 Free Relay Womens Master B!) and still continues friendships from athletes she met there. Her favorite of all games was Adelaide in 2007, where she was able to earn a Bronze Medal with her Dragon Boat team, even though they only practiced as a team together for one hour prior to the event! We think feeding the joeys and holding a koala also contributed to her amazing memories from Australia

Carol has overcome several huge struggles in her life. In April of 2008, she was diagnosed with Stage 3a Breast Cancer and had a long and difficult struggle and recovery. Even in the midst of recovering from that life altering diagnosis, she discovered she needed a second spinal fusion (the first was the event that forced her retirement), just four months before the Vancouver Games. Her amazing resilience and willpower allowed her to compete in a swim event and row with her Dragon Boat team.

2011 brought her to New York and even though Hurricane Irene caused quite a bit of interruption, she still medaled in the 2 mile Open Water Swim, only the second one of her life. Swimming has always been a part of her life, although she never swam competitively in high school or college, she finds her peace when she’s in the water.Carol will be competing in the 2015 Fairfax Games in the Open Water Swim, 50 Free, 50 Fly, 200 IM, 100 Fly and 50 Back.

Carol views her struggle and battle with cancer to be secondary to the battle she fought when her son, Lt. Jonathan Miller, US Army, was deployed to Afghanistan for nine months. She said “I had to learn not to panic while watching the news. He was in combat on a regular basis and unfortunately experienced the loss of one of his mentors, Sgt. Major Barreras. I’d face chemotherapy and radiation again rather than my son being deployed again.”

Retired from the Arlington County Police Department right here in Virginia, she worked as a Patrol Officer, then as a Crime Scene Investigator, School Resource Office and lastly, a Detective in the Special Victims Unit. Her agency is recognized nationally for its outstanding training and professionalism and her pride for her agency shines through when she talks about her time with the Department.

Now that Carol is retired, she spends her time as both an Adjunct Professor and a US Masters Swim Coach. She “truly enjoys coaching and teaching new-to-the-water swimmers and finds it very rewarding.” Carol also volunteers with the C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors), a national non-profit dedicated to serving surviving family members of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. She doesn’t stop there, however. 

She has also operated – for the last 23 years – the daycare component for National Peace Officers Memorial Week in Washington D.C.  Carol’s heart of service is apparent in everything she does and it’s obvious she thrives on having opportunities to give back to others and her community, including working with non-profits who work with underprivileged victims of domestic violence.

When asked what she loves the most about meeting athletes from around the world, she says “I love to learn about cultures and countries I’ll most likely never visit.  Sharing stories about our careers and comparing how policing in the United States is different in some countries, yet very similar in others. I love to learn from my fellow athletes.”

Carol’s DON'T MISS attractions in the Fairfax / DC area: The Native American Museum (family friendly and an incredible experience), Great Falls, Virginia (magnificent in June and July) and all of the significant buildings and monuments (US Capitol, White House, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials)


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  • Douglas A. Shaw
    Douglas A. Shaw Wednesday, 08 April 2015

    Great article,Carol! I am honored to have you as my assistant coordinator for these WPFG and having you as a friend since we met in Quebec in 2005.

  • Susan Godfrey
    Susan Godfrey Saturday, 11 April 2015

    Very cool and courageous you are, Carol!

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