Bode Miller to Sit this Season Out

The six-time Olympic medalist is taking a break from competing

Bode Miller, America’s most decorated Olympic alpine skier, announced he will not be competing on the World Cup this year, though he isn’t considering the time off his retirement—yet.

Bode Miller competes during the downhill at the Hahnenkamm Race 2014 in Kitzbuhel, Austria. PHOTO: Red Bull Content Pool
Bode Miller competes during the downhill at the Hahnenkamm Race 2014 in Kitzbuhel, Austria. PHOTO: Red Bull Content Pool

In an interview with The Associate Press October 15, Miller, who turned 38 last week, said his priorities right now are focused on his family. In addition to his two children from a previous marriage, Miller and his wife, pro beach ball player, Morgan Beck Miller, have an infant son.

“I haven’t slept in 4½ months,” he said, adding that “fitness-wise,” his body feels excellent after undergoing surgery in February to repair a severed hamstring he suffered in a crash at the World Championships in Beaver Creek, Colo.

Not one to easily let his competitive edge go soft, Miller is getting more involved in racehorses. He and his business partner own 15 horses are a taking a uniquely Bode approach to their training program.

“Our program is a super, super elite training program,” Miller said. “It’s training, but you can’t really call it training. In ski racing, it’s conditioning. That’s what we’re doing—conditioning the [the horses] mentally and physically to compete.”

Miller’s announcement not to compete in this year’s World Cup likely means we won’t see him at the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea either.

“I’m juggling a lot of different things, and my family is my top priority. It comes down to whether or not we can manage [ski racing] with my family.”

—Sierra Davis