Friday, February 12, 2010

PostHeaderIcon The Return of Bode Miller

U.S. skier Bode Miller may be the most hyped athlete to take to the slopes and never win a Gold. During the 2006 Turin Games, Bode was heavily hyped with help from sponsors to be the next 'big thing' in Olympic sports.

However, a poor performance led to Miller going home without a Gold which many consider a huge failure.

Bode returns to the Olympics for possibly one last time to try to gain back some respect and some Gold.

Here, then, arrives Miller for what will be, presumably, his final Olympics in perhaps his most interesting iteration. He is 32, now a father. He showed in Thursday's downhill training session, one in which he finished with the eighth-fastest time, that he is a threat in the marquee event that begins the Alpine competition.

He has rejoined his old adversaries at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, training with the coaches and teammates he abandoned following Turin, and by most accounts is surviving just fine within that structure. And he is being asked not as much about what lies ahead, and more about what he might leave behind.

"One of the things that's most important to me about skiing and about my legacy -- if I would call it that -- that I leave behind is racing for the pure enjoyment of racing fast and not getting too tangled up in the results or the outcomes," Miller said.

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