Bode Miller may hang up his skis
Bode Miller, right, leaves the Alpine skiing venue with his wife, Morgan Beck-Morgan, after the men’s giant slalom event Wedneday at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center. (REUTERS)
And if it was to be the 36-year-old’s farewell appearance after illuminating five Winter Games, he will be sorely missed, according to U.S. team coach Sasha Rearick.
Miller had knee surgery last season in a bid to appear at a fifth Winter Olympics and his bronze in the super-G took his medal tally to six, more than any other American skier.
“I’m so proud of the effort Bode’s put in here,” Rearick said. “It’s amazing. From early October, when he came to Soelden, he’s been hammering day in and day out.
Miller, a former world champion in four of skiing’s five disciplines, clearly did not enjoy Wednesday’s giant slalom and said he would delay a decision on Saturday’s slalom.
“I just don’t have the confidence to ski through that stuff. I wish it went better. I see this as a missed opportunity.
“As soon as it gets out of control and you get the swelling in there and everything gets irritated, it can be hard to get it back down. We’ll see how it reacts and make a decision.”
“It’s tough to have my last race here look like this but I feel really good about where I’m at, I came back really strong, I really did a lot of work and I put in the times.