Olympic medalist Randi Miller hosts Gable Museum event | Wrestling

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Miller asked Montgomery, a former college coach, to assist her with the camp. Montgomery drove up from her home in St. Louis, where she teaches kindergarten. A total of 30 girls, from ages 7-18, took part in the morning and afternoon sessions during Saturday’s camp. “There are some very good […]

Miller asked Montgomery, a former college coach, to assist her with the camp. Montgomery drove up from her home in St. Louis, where she teaches kindergarten.

A total of 30 girls, from ages 7-18, took part in the morning and afternoon sessions during Saturday’s camp.

“There are some very good wrestlers here,” Miller said, her eyes widening. “There are a lot of girls here that are better than I was when I was their age.”

Miller didn’t start wrestling until she was in high school. She competed in her native Texas, one of the few states that sanctioned girls’ wrestling at the time.

A powerful, hard-nosed competitor, Miller made a quick progression through the ranks as a wrestler. She knocked off 2004 Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann at the 2008 Olympic Trials before earning a bronze medal at the Olympics later that year.

Miller has a different perspective on her Olympic experience now than she did a dozen years ago. Her only loss in 2008 came to Japan’s Kaori Icho, who won a record fourth Olympic gold medal in 2016.

“It actually took a lot of years for me to appreciate when I wrestled at the Olympics,” Miller said. “For many years, I looked upon that memory as a failure because I went there to win a gold medal. Throughout the years, I’ve come to terms with how I did. Looking back now, I was very proud to be able to win a medal for my country. It’s a very fond memory for me now.”

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