He’s the greatest male American alpine skier of all-time and is second only to Lindsey Vonn for the best skier in America. At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Bode Miller be looking to repeat as the gold medal winner in the super combined and is someone that should be watched on the slopes.
Miller has made four Olympic teams from 1998-2010 and has won five total medals, including his 2010 gold medal in Vancouver. He’s competed in the World Cup 16 times with 33 wins and 76 podium finished. In 2008, he won his second overall title and is the only man with five or more victories in all five World Cup disciplines (slalom, giant slalom, super-G, downhill and combined).
It hasn’t been all glitz and glamour for Miller in the alpine world. In the early 2000s, Miller was viewed as a villain in the media for things that he said. Leading up to the 2006 Olympics, Miller talked about socializing and partying on an Olympic level rather than about his upcoming events. Miller then failed to medal in the 2006 Olympic games and many labeled him as the biggest bust in Olympics history.
He’s been making a bit of a comeback, however, and it’s thanks in part to how quiet he’s been in dealing with the media. He’s matured and he’s returning to the top of the mountain. In four events at the 2012 World Cup, Miller finished first once, second twice and had one third-place finish.
In the spring of 2012, however, Miller had surgery on his left knee and sat out the remainder of the World Cup schedule in order to be healthy for the games this February. Miller has said before that this one will be his last, so he’s certainly looking to go out on top.
This past December, however, Miller participated in the World Cup and put together what some have called an electrifying super-G performance that only bodes well for the Olympics. He also placed second in the giant slalom to go along with finishing 13th in downhill.
When the games begin on February 7 in Sochi, keep an eye on the American flying down the slopes. Miller’s career has seen twists and turns similar to a slalom run, but he’s pulled himself back together and is looking to put together one more memorable performance before he hangs them up.