|Full name Nichole Ann Millage|
|Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
Name Nichole Millage
|Born March 27, 1977 (age 44)Champaign, Illinois, U.S. (1977-03-27) |
Hometown Champaign, Illinois, U.S.
Similar Heather Erickson, Lora Webster, Monique Burkland
Millage was born in Champaign, Illinois in 1977. In 1995, she graduated from Centennial High School in Champaign. She played volleyball (middle hitter) and fast pitch softball (pitcher) throughout high school. In 2009, she earned a business degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. In 2012, she earned her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. Before joining the sitting volleyball team, she worked as a legal secretary at Fischer & Wozniak, P.C. in Urbana, Illinois. She lost her left leg below the knee at the age of 21 in a boating accident at Clinton Lake in Clinton, Illinois. She also sustained injuries to her left hand.
She joined the U.S.A. National sitting volleyball team in March 2005. In 2006, she competed in the World Championships for sitting volleyball in Roermond, Netherlands, where her team placed 5th. In 2007, she competed in the Sitting Volleyball Invitational in Shanghai, China where Team USA won silver. In 2008, she participated in the World Organization Volleyball for Disabled in Ismailia, Egypt where her team won a bronze medal and the same year won a silver medal for her participation in the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. In 2009, Millage won a gold medal in the Parapan American Zonal Championships which was held in Colorado and the same year won a gold medal at the Eurocup in Roermond, Netherlands.
Millage won a gold medal in 2010 the Parapan American Championships in Denver, Colorado and the same year won a gold medal at the WOVD Championships in Port Said, Egypt. Then in July 2010, Team USA won a silver medal at the World Championships which took place in Edmond, Oklahoma. In 2011 and 2012, respectively, she won three gold medals at the ECVD Continental Cup in Yevpatoria, Ukraine; Parapan American Zonal Championship in São Paulo, Brazil; and Sitting Volleyball Masters Tournament in Leersum, Netherlands. She also earned a silver medal for her participation in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
In 2013, Millage, along with Team USA, won the gold medal at both the Moscow Open Cup in August and the ParaVolley PanAmerican Zone Championships held in Edmond, Oklahoma in October. Team USA competed at the World Championships in Elblag, Poland in June 2014. Millage and Team USA won silver and had their closest finish ever against China in an international tournament, 23-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-21, 17-15.
She was part of the USA team which won the gold at 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada.; gold in the Intercontinental Cup in Anji, China in March 2016; and gold at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Paralympic Games.
Personal life and interests
Millage enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys bike rides, reading, & eating sushi. She is a movie buff and enjoys such films as Say Anything and She's Out of My League. She likes a variety of TV shows including Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, Dexter, Parks and Recreation, and The Office. Besides playing sports she also enjoys watching them, her favorite baseball team is the Chicago Cubs and Clay Stanley of the Men's USA National Volleyball Team is one of her favorite athletes.
Since 2013, Millage has worked at the City of Champaign as an Environmental Sustainability Specialist. She manages the City's recycling programs.