Robert "Bob" Miller, the 72-year-old local Big Spring attorney, competed in the NASTAR (National Standard Race) National Championship in Squaw Valley, California last month. He competed along side with his daughter, Paula Valli Gilheany of Round Rock, a Big Spring High School graduate of the Class of 1986. Miller competed in the Male 70-74 category, and Gilheany competed in the Female 45-49 category.
Rainy weather that occurred in Squaw Valley on Wednesday, March 21st, kept skiers off the mountain on Thursday, and on Friday, March 23rd, only the bottom half of the mountain was open because the ski lift could not be used.
Miller had a reported time of 25.21 seconds on his first run on Friday, and he stated that his skis end up slipping out from under him on the second run, causing him to crash into a gate. He stated that he had not been injured, but was thankful that he was wearing a helmet.
On Saturday, March 24th, Miller decided to take his time and ensure that he completed his race safely. Even though he didn't medal this year, he was happy to return home without injury.
His daughter, Gilheany, had placed 3rd in her age group.
(Photo 1: Gilheany and Miller, photo 2: Miller at the starting gate with other competitors. Photos provided by Bob Miller.)