Ski ace Miller quits NZ team

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Ski racer Janelle Miller is quitting the Ski Racing New Zealand national team after three years representing the country.

Miller, who has been Wakatipu-based since 2006, confirms she hasn’t put her name up for team selection next month, citing lack of funding and support from SRNZ.

She says she’s had “great fun” here but “NZ can’t offer a programme that works for me – all they could offer was a development team programme or for me to fund my own way”.

Sponsors and parents had helped financially but “you can only knock on the door for so long”, Miller adds.
She also wants to protect her body after undergoing two knee surgeries.

Miller, who turns 23 today, was tracking towards representing NZ at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
She didn’t race this Northern Hemisphere winter, opting to consider her future from her parents’ home in her native Canada.

Miller plans to enjoy summer then return to education.