American Ski Racer Bode Miller Finally Wins Olympic Gold
Yesterday, Bode Miller became the greatest American ski racer of all time at the Vancouver Olympics.
Bode Miller, 32, a member of the U.S. ski team, crashed earlier this week in Vancouver while practicing on the slalom course, bruising his backside. Although he was in pain, it didn’t stop him from dominating in the men’s super combined ski racing competition yesterday.
Miller completed the downhill and slalom course in 2 minutes, 44.92 seconds, earning him the gold medal and the title of America’s greatest ski racer of all time. This is his third medal in these Winter Olympic games in Vancouver (he won silver at the Super G, and bronze in downhill), and his fifth Olympic medal overall (he won two silver medals at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City).
Fans had been skeptical that Miller would perform well this year, as he emotionally took himself out of the game at the 2006 Torino Olympics, claiming he was conflicted about his goals.
But something brought him back to life. Whether it was the birth of his 2-year-old daughter, or the motivational spirit of the Winter Olympics, Miller came back and triumphed despite injury.
Miller said of his win, “To execute on a day like today, and the way I executed, the way I skied, is something I’ll be proud of for the rest of my life.” (NY Daily News)