ZELINKA Jessica < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Canada   
Gender Women
Born 03 Sep 1981 in London, CAN
Height1.76 m
Weight 63 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Husband Nathaniel Miller, daughter Anika
Residence Stamford, CT, USA
Occupation Athlete
Languages French, English
Higher education Communications - University of Calgary: Canada
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She first discovered heptathlon as a fourth grade student in London, ON, Canada. Her elementary school hosted a track and field day with children taking part in seven events.
Why this sport? The students at the track and field day at her elementary school were meant to pick two events, but she didn't want to choose as she liked them all. She was also encouraged by her aunt, who was also actively involved in athletics as a high school and club coach.
Name of coach Cliff Rovelto
Coach from what year? 2013
Handedness Right
Footedness Right
General Interest
Nicknames Puppy Tiger (Athlete, 30 May 2006)
Most influential person in career Her aunt Darlene. (jessicazelinka.com, 01 Mar 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it." (jessicazelinka.com, 01 Mar 2012)
Awards and honours She was named Outstanding Athlete of the Year, Outstanding Track Athlete and Combined Athlete of the Year by Athletics Canada in 2012. (theglobeandmail.com, 19 Dec 2012)
Famous relatives Her husband Nathaniel Miller was a member of the Canadian water polo team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Her sister Deanna also competed in athletics at university and at national team level. (jessicazelinka.com, 01 Mar 2012; athleticsalberta.com, 18 May 2011)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (jessicazelinka.com, 12 Feb 2013)
Other information MOVING TROUBLES
She moved to Stamford, CT, United States, following the 2012 Olympic Games in London after her husband accepted a job there. Her coach Les Gramantik elected against long-distance training, and her funding from Athletics Canada was also cut. (nationalpost.com, 12 Jun 2013)

PREGNANCY
She took a year off following the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing to give birth to her first child Anika, who was born in 2009. (athleticsalberta.com, 18 May 2011)