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6-2
Weight
200
 

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One of the most successful alpine skiers in American history, New Hampshire's Bode Miller has captured the attention of the world with his incredible athletic balance and ability to produce jaw-dropping performances on skis. Raised in an electricity free home, the two-time World Cup overall champion, four-time World Champion and six-time Olympic medalist has risen to become one of the most prolific international athletes.

Miller made a strategic decision to skip the entire 2013 competition season in order to recover completely from knee surgery. That decision paid off in spades during the 2014 season. Case in point: just a few races into the season, he finished second in the Audi Birds of Prey giant slalom. It was his first podium in the discipline since 2007. From there he continued to roll, adding downhill and super G podiums in Kitzbuehel before notching a historic sixth Olympic medal with super G bronze in Sochi.

To cap it all off, Miller completed his first full World Cup season (his first since winning the overall in 2008) with a season-ending podium in the Lenzerheide super G.

BODE SAYS
It’s been a tough year. My podium at World Cup Finals capped it off. I definitely skied like I wanted to win the race, which has been a challenge all year. Every time I ski hard I crash or make big mistakes. Unfortunately that race was no different, but I at least knew what was going to happen beforehand, that I wanted to go in there and ski like I wanted to milk every hundredth of a second out of the course that I could.

I’ve never been stuck on counting medals; I’ve put in a lot of work. This was a really hard year with a lot of effort coming back to get fit and get ready and just battle through everything life throws at you. To come out and ski hard at the Olympics–this is almost therapeutic for me to be in these situations where I really get to test myself. Some days medals don’t matter, and Sochi was one of the ones where it does matter.

Even though I’m old, I’m not broken down. Mentally I think I’m just as tough as any of these kids. I know I’m capable of top skiing and my body is holding up great. We’ll see how I feel in the fall, but right now I have no intention of ending my career.

FIRST TRACKS
Growing up near Cannon Mountain, Miller was skiing by three. Mom brought him to the mountain and he'd ski with staff, but Miller also enjoyed snowboarding. At 13 he entered Maine's Carrabassett Valley Academy to be a ski racer. He made a big impression at the ’96 U.S. Championships at Sugarloaf (up the road from CVA) when, at 18, he was third in the slalom title race. Miller debuted on the World Cup with the ’98 Olympic season, finishing 11th in his first race.

OFF THE SNOW
A father and married man, Miller spends much of his time off snow with his family in California. His new hobby is horse racing, of which Miller has a stake in a few very competitive horses with top trainer Bob Baffert. Also active in philanthropy, Miller is passionate about the Turtle Ridge Foundation, an organization he started in 2005 with a focus on environmental protection issues and providing opportunities for young people to participate in recreational activities. He hosts two major fundraising events annually: BodeFest, a skiing event in the spring, and BodeBash, a golf and tennis classic later in the summer.

 

Highlights

OLYMPICS (top 10)
Teams: 2014, 2010, 2006, 2002, 1998
Gold, SC, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
Silver, SG, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
Silver, GS, Salt Lake City, UT, 2002
Silver, Combined, Salt Lake City, UT, 2002
Bronze, SG, Sochi, RUS, 2014
Bronze, DH, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
5th, DH, Torino, ITA, 2006
6th, GS, Torino, ITA, 2006

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (medals)
Teams: 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999
Gold, DH, Bormio, ITA, 2005
Gold, SG, Bormio, ITA, 2005
Gold, GS, St. Moritz, SUI, 2003
Gold, Combined, St. Moritz, SUI, 2003
Silver, SG, St. Moritz, SUI, 2003

WORLD CUP
Two-time overall champion (2005, 2008)
Three-time combined champion (2003, 2004, 2008)
Two-time SG champion (2005, 2007)
GS champion (2004)
Has won in all five disciplines
Owns American male record for wins

U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS TITLES (9)
2007, SG, Alyeska, AK
2006, GS, Sugarloaf, ME
2006, DH, Sugarloaf, ME
2003, SL, Whiteface, NY
2003, SG, Whiteface, NY
2003, Combined, Whiteface, NY
2002, SL, Sugar Bowl, UT
2002, Combined, Sugar Bowl, UT
1998, GS, Jackson Hole, WY

OTHER
2002: Won the made-for-TV SuperStars event