Nathan Miller, current undergraduate student in the Kinesiology program, represented the College of Health Sciences as a speed skater at the 2017 World University Games (Universiades) in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The Games are sponsored by the International University Sports Federation and, similar to the Olympic Games, include summer and winter Universiades every two years, along with World University Championship competitions.
Competing at the World University Games
The Games consist of six compulsory sports with ten compulsory disciplines, including alpine, cross-country and Nordic combined skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping, curling, ice hockey, short track speed skating, figure skating and biathlon. Each host country also has the opportunity to choose two optional sports.
The 2017 Universiades ran from January 29 through February 8 in Almaty, drawing student competitors from any country eligible for the Olympic Games and from any national federation affiliated to the appropriate international federation.
Both the Universiades and Championships are open to student athletes who have not been out of university or an equivalent institution for more than a year and who are between 17 and 28 years of age.
The experience for the College’s own Nathan Miller
As a participant for Team USA, Miller spoke highly of the experience. “I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate with hundreds of the best student athletes from different sports and different countries, all pursuing the same goal. I learned a great deal about the sport by competing at such a high level.”
Although he did not bring home medals, Miller places high value on the experience of world travel and cultural diversity amongst his peers. “The people of Almaty are wonderful and they welcomed all of us with open arms. I met some amazing people over there and got to know the athletes from other countries. The competition was only a few short days, but the World University Games was an experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life.”