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Wild life for Scott Miller, Olympic heartbreak and failed celebrity marriage

The arrest of swim star Scott Miller is the new chapter in his rollercoaster life, Olympic heartbreak and a broken marriage of celebrities.

After police reported $2 million of ice was found hidden in candles, former Olympic swimmer Scott Miller was arrested, adding another chapter to the wild life of the 45-year-old.

The arrest is the latest in a series of controversies that have engulfed the Australian since the Olympics in 1996, when he won two pool medals.

A ban, an untimely illness, a failed marriage and a controversial Olympic final race figured in Miller's professional swimming career.

He was also unveiled in 1997 as the most qualified bachelor of the year for CLEO.

A night in a prison in Atlanta

At the 1994 Commonwealth Games, Miller first made headlines when he captured gold in the 100m butterfly, trumping Stephen Clarke of Canada by 0.06 seconds.

After becoming World Short Course champion in the 200m butterfly race in 1995, he was then tipped for a spot in the Olympics squad.

But Miller spent an evening in an Atlanta jail during the 1996 Pan Pacific Championships after participating in a clash outside a nightclub.

The 21-year-old was cleared of any wrongdoing later on.

Australian swimmer Scott Miller is keeping up his silver medal.
Australian swimmer Scott Miller is keeping up his silver medal.


Miller was rightly tipped as a favorite to win gold in the finals at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games after setting a new Olympic record of 52.89 in his 100m butterfly race.

But a loophole in the rules was discovered by Russian rival Denis Pankratov, which gave him a huge advantage.

Because swimmers were able to glide faster underwater, it was considered illegal to remain underwater in backstroke and breaststroke events for more than 25 m after the dive.

In the butterfly races, however, this law did not apply, so Pankratov glided for over 35m before breaking the surface in the must-win final.

In the end, the Russian broke a world record and won gold, trumping Miller by 0.36 seconds in the event.

Australia's Scott Miller.
Australia's Scott Miller.


While Miller also won bronze in the 4x100m medley relay at the 1996 Olympics, after the Atlanta Games his career spiraled somewhat.

Throughout the 1997 calendar year, he was afflicted by injury and was dismissed for regularly skipping training sessions by the Australian Institute of Sport.

Then, Miller made headlines again in late 1997 for testing positive for marijuana. As a result, FINA suspended him for two months.

Together with Scott Miller, Charlotte Dawson
Together with Scott Miller, Charlotte Dawson

In 1999, Miller married the New Zealand TV star Charlotte Dawson, a well-known Australian media personality.

In the daytime show Beauty and the Beast, FOX8's Australia's Next Top Model, and the second season of The Celebrity Apprentice Australia, Dawson was known as a fashion guru.

But in 2000, the powerhouse couple split, their union lasting for just one year.

In February 2014, after a long and very public struggle with depression, Dawson was found dead at her Woolloomooloo home.

The morning after Miller's 39th birthday, her body was found.

A week ago, on 60 Minutes, Miller had appeared to talk about his struggles and the part he had played in their marriage's breakup.

With his Olympic medals, Scott Miller.
With his Olympic medals, Scott Miller.

Ahead of the 2000 Olympics, Miller returned from suspension but did not earn selection for the Sydney Games, overshadowed by Australian swimming legends Michael Klim and Geoff Huegill.

In the 2000 Olympics, renowned as one of Australia's most successful swimming projects, the pair combined for two golds, two silvers and a bronze.

Although Miller returned shortly afterwards to the pool, his comeback was uneventful.


Miller was arrested along with another 47-year-old man at his waterfront home in Rozelle on Tuesday.

The police would say that the pair concealed the substance inside the candles, known as ice.

In an attempt to clamp down on the sale of illegal substances, primarily methylamphetamine, throughout New South Wales, police initiated an inquiry earlier in the year.

Both men were taken to the Police Station in Newtown. Investigations are underway and it is predicted that charges will be laid.

Olympic swimmer Scott Miller has been arrested in connection to the discovery of $2 million worth of ice found concealed in candles in dawn raids across Sydney.