Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Take Five with Sitting’s Nichole Millage and John Kremer

If you had to choose, which of your five senses would you choose to live without? Which actor or actress would play you in a movie? If you could be any animal, what would you choose?

U.S. Sitting Team athletes Nichole Millage (Champaign, Illinois) and John Kremer (Buford, Georgia) recently took time out of their busy schedules to answer five randomly-selected questions. Think you know these sitting athletes? You may be surprised by some of their answers.

Nichole Millage

  • Position: Outside hitter
  • Nature of disability: Below the knee amputee on her left leg following a boating accident at 21 years old
  • Joined the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team: 2005

Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest? OR which sense could you live without?

I would say my strongest sense is my sight. I am a very observant person; sometimes too observant! I am always watching people to see how they behave, what they say, and what they do. I love people watching. I wouldn’t want to live without any of my senses, but if I had to choose, I’d probably say smell.

What is your favorite childhood memory?

I was one of the oldest grandchildren in my family, so I was able to spend a lot of quality time with my grandparents. I consider myself lucky to have had that “extra” time with them. I used to hang out on my grandparents’ farm & help them with their garden.

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If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?

My ideal day is spent at the beach with my best friend. First, we’d take a bike ride down the coast, then hit up a taco stand, and then lie out on the beach to work on our tans.

What motivates you to work hard?

I have an inner drive that pushes me to want to work hard, both in my work life and in volleyball. I take pride in accomplishing my tasks and goals, and I find it very rewarding. With regards to the Women’s Sitting Team, we know that if we keep working hard, then it will pay off, like it did in China when we finally won gold against Team China. That gold medal was a direct result of hard work.

Who is your hero?

I would say that my heroes are hard-working, smart, successful women. For example, I admire and am inspired by athletes like Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings. They work so hard on and off the court. They are determined individuals. They are proof that if you work hard and maintain your focus, then you can achieve your goals.

John Kremer

  • Position: Libero
  • Nature of disability: Bilateral below the knee amputee after stepping on a land mine in 2010 while serving with the Navy
  • Joined the U.S. Men’s Sitting Team: 2015

Would you rather vacation in Hawaii or Alaska?

Since I have been to both places, I would have to say Alaska. I like the outdoors and love being in the wilderness. I also like cold weather too, so that helps.

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What would you change about yourself and why?

I think that I would like my feet back. Just to be able to feel the ground with my feet again would be awesome. But other than that, I would not change anything.

What’s the most unusual thing you have eaten?

I think the most unusual thing I have ever eaten was snails. I didn’t like the texture of them, but other than that, they were not that bad.

Who would you want to play you in a movie?

I’d like Mark Wahlberg to play me. I like all of the movies he has done, and I think he is a good actor. And I think he’d be the best fit.

If you had to describe yourself as an animal, what would it be?

I would have to say a Bengal tiger. I’m not sure why, but I’ve always just found them fascinating.


FAQs

Q: What are the positions of Nichole Millage and John Kremer on the U.S. Sitting Teams?

A: Nichole Millage is an outside hitter, while John Kremer is a libero.

Q: What are the nature of disabilities for Nichole Millage and John Kremer?

A: Nichole Millage is a below the knee amputee on her left leg following a boating accident, and John Kremer is a bilateral below the knee amputee after stepping on a land mine while serving with the Navy.

Q: When did Nichole Millage and John Kremer join their respective U.S. Sitting Teams?

A: Nichole Millage joined the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team in 2005, and John Kremer joined the U.S. Men’s Sitting Team in 2015.

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Q: What motivates Nichole Millage to work hard?

A: Nichole Millage has an inner drive that pushes her to work hard, both in her work life and in volleyball. She takes pride in accomplishing her tasks and goals and finds it very rewarding.

Q: Who are Nichole Millage’s heroes?

A: Nichole Millage considers hard-working, smart, successful women like Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings as her heroes. She admires their determination and commitment to achieving their goals.


Summary

In this article, we had the opportunity to sit down with U.S. Sitting Team athletes Nichole Millage and John Kremer. They answered a series of questions that allowed us to get to know them better and gain insight into their lives. Nichole Millage, an outside hitter on the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team, shared her thoughts on her strongest sense, favorite childhood memory, ideal day, motivation, and heroes. On the other hand, John Kremer, a libero on the U.S. Men’s Sitting Team, talked about his preference between Hawaii and Alaska, what he would change about himself, the most unusual thing he has eaten, who he would want to play him in a movie, and how he would describe himself as an animal. Their answers provided a glimpse into their personalities and passions. To learn more about their journey and achievements, visit the official website of Alpinetgheep.