Who knew it could all start with a trip to Mommy and Me Gymnastics?
Sarah Miller, a junior at Ohio State University (OSU), has awed fans with her gymnastics talents for many years. It all started when she was just 2.
The Collegeville native said she attended classes with her mother. By age 3, she'd lost her.
“I think the main reason I stuck with gymnastics is because my mom got me into it and just kind of trying to make her proud in what she started me in,” Miller said in an interview with "The Lantern," the OSU newspaper.
Miller's mother died when she was just 3. She'd later lose her grandparents at age 13 and 14. The gym became her haven, she told The Lantern.
“I know that if I didn’t have gym, I don’t know what I would do. It’s my home. It’s my stress reliever,” Miller said to The Lantern. “This is my family and these are my girls.”
Carey Fagan, OSU women’s gymnastics coach, said Miller is often her own toughest critic.
“She’s a perfectionist,” Fagan said in the Lantern. “She likes to go until she gets it right and I think that mentality over the years has taken a toll on her body.”
Miller will add her "Big Ten Event Specialist" title to her already obtained "Big Ten Freshman of the Year," with which she was honored in 2011.
Miller is the daughter of Brian and the late Janice Pires Miller. She has one brother, Brian. She attended Methacton High School, and hopes to teach health and physical education after college graduation from OSU.