Bode Miller’s Olympic Career May Be Over After Knee InjuryChristopher Spillane
Bode Miller, the oldest alpine skiing medalist, may have competed in his last Olympic race after aggravating a knee injury in today’s giant slalom at the Sochi Winter Games.
“It looks like it” will be his final Olympic event, 36-year-old Miller said after his second run in the giant slalom. “We’ll make a final call but after the first run I was leaning towards it pretty heavy. It’s pretty aggressive on my body.”
He aggravated the injury in the first run today at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, where he finished 20th in the competition. Ted Ligety won with a time of 2 minutes 45.29 seconds, giving the American the second Olympic gold medal of his career.
Miller, who’s competing in his fifth games, tied with Canada’s Jan Hudec for bronze in the men’s super-giant slalom on Feb. 16, becoming the oldest Alpine Olympic medalist on his third try. He came eighth in the downhill on Feb. 9 and sixth in the super combined on Feb. 14. He may now miss the slalom event on Feb. 22.
“I’m going to finish the season barring something going weird with my knee,” Miller told reporters. “It’s been kind of a management process all year. I’ve had to skip training and do all kind of things to manage it.”
The American took three medals at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics -- gold in the combined, silver in super-G and bronze in downhill. He missed the entire 2012-13 season because of knee surgery.