John Miller

2011 CrossFit Games

Hard to Kill: Masters Competitor John Miller

Coming Back From A Motorcycle Accident

The first time John Miller saw the deer was when it jumped in front of his bike. As his motorcycle collided with the deer, his world stopped suddenly, though his bike kept rolling another 300 yards.

As he lay on the ground, John wondered how long it would take him to recover from the accident. Fortunately, right behind him were two Army Special Forces medics-in-training who acted as his first responders. Some have said he should have died that day, but John ended up with a fractured clavicle and 6 ribs broken in several different places.

Prior to the motorcycle accident, John had nearly completed two years of CrossFit training. It would take him 13 months to recover from his injuries and start training again. In February of 2009, at 46 years of age, John went back to the mainsite WOD's. Training again was almost like starting over, albeit this time with more knowledge.

Now, two years of consistent training later, John has put up some solid numbers. He's hit a 5:05 Fran, 7:36 Diane, front squatted 255 lbs., and completed the hero workout Murph in 49:20. John's planning to compete in the 2011 CrossFit Games Open as a Master's athlete in the 45 to 49 year old division. 

Early in his career, John served as an enlisted Special Forces medic on a HALO team for five years. Looking to progress further in his medical training, he then attended the Interservice Physician Assistant Program and earned a commision as an officer. When he retired in 2006, he had reached the rank of Captain.

John normally trains out of his home gym, but he's hoping to complete some of the Open WOD's at newly-opened CrossFit Vengeance.

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5 comments on this entry

1. Pat wrote...

Looking forward to meeting up with you in LA in the masters event, John!

2. Ben Hopkins wrote...

John, you are a great example of perseverance. Go get Masters!

3. Bryan Edwards wrote...

Awesome story John. See you at the box soon!

4. Jerry Wilson wrote...

Good Luck John!

5. Sarah wrote...

Clearly this is an inspiring story, but I want to give a hooray for PAs that CrossFit!

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