Bode Miller trains with U.S. Ski Team ahead of possible return
Bode Miller appeared at on-snow training camps with the U.S. Ski Team the last two months and was named to the top national team Wednesday, but his return to competition is still to be determined.
The U.S. Ski Team provided the update in a press release.
Miller, 39 and the most decorated U.S. Olympic skier with six medals, has not competed since severing a hamstring tendon in his February 2015 World Championships super-G crash.
He trained in late September in Portillo, Chile, not necessarily with an eye on a comeback but to test skis for one of his sponsors, and was seen in uniform skiing in Colorado last week.
Miller was drug tested in every quarter of 2015 and each of the first three quarters of this year, a sign that he never made a full retirement by taking his name out of a drug-testing pool.
His wife, Morgan Miller, gave birth to a girl on Nov. 5, according to his social media.
“We haven’t really addressed [a comeback], but it’s not at the top of the priority list,” Miller reportedly said in September. “Depending on the logistics of everything, it’s a possibility I suppose, but with my family and all my stuff, I just don’t know how it could possibly work. I’m coming up on my fourth [child] in November, and I’m very happy with what I’ve accomplished, I really don’t have anything left to prove or do in the sport. I still love racing and the challenge of it, but at some point, you get to a place where you’re perfectly happy moving on and doing other stuff. In the past, my contribution to companies or my compensation was designed around winning races and being in the spotlight, but I think we’re at a place now where I’m making other contributions and the companies I’m partnering with are comfortable with that. No one is trying to push me back into it.”
Miller is already the oldest U.S. Olympic Alpine skier in history. In 2018, he will be 40 years old, which is seven years older than the next-oldest U.S. Olympic Alpine skier in history.