October 1, 2013

Bode Miller ready to stir things up at Olympics – again

Nearing the end of his competitive career, what matters to him now is the impact he’s had on the sport.

The Associated Press

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Championship gold medalist skier Bode Miller speaks during a news conference at the USOC 2013 team USA media summit on Monday in Park City, in Utah.

The Associated Press

Miller won his 33rd World Cup title, in the downhill at Beaver Creek, in December 2011. But he had microfracture surgery on his left knee in February 2012 and wound up missing the entire 2012-13 season.

The break re-energized him, giving him a chance to spend time with his wife and kids.

“Being away from the sport was really healthy for me,” Miller said. “I’ve been in it so long with so little time away that I was definitely taxed ... to a point that I was getting frustrated at times. The fact is, if you’re going to do it, the process deserves better than that. Now I think I’m in a place where I can participate fully, and not put as much strain on myself.”

Miller accompanied the rest of the U.S. team to Portillo, Chile, and said his knee feels “perfect” as he readies for his return to competition later this month. Asked about his expectations for Sochi, Miller grinned as he cracked that he’s now motivated “entirely by money and medals.”

Turning serious, he said he intends to “kick (butt)” in what is almost certainly his last Olympics.

“Everyone looks for these big epiphanies,” he said. “I’ve spent lot of time and energy being a ski racer. I’ve earned the right to compete at a high level and I’ve spent a lot of pain and a lot of energy trying to develop these skills. The Olympics, to me, is just a great opportunity to enjoy that.

“It’s a perishable process, being a ski racer,” Miller said. “Until you’re all rotten or shriveled up, you should keep going. I’m pretty shriveled up, but I’m not all rotten. Not yet.”

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