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Head Ski company ‘fully behind’ Bode Miller comeback, if using Head equipment

Bode Miller

USA men’s ski team member Bode Miller participates in a news conference, on the first day of the World Cup Ski Championships, on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)


Head Ski company says it is “fully behind” Bode Miller returning to competition this season, but that he must do so using Head equipment, according to a statement Monday.

Miller wants to void a contract with Head, his former ski sponsor, restricting him from competing in the 2016-17 season, to potentially compete on a different company’s skis this season, according to court documents filed in California last week.

“I am truly very disappointed to see that Bode has no intention to honor his word and that he intends to breach our agreement to that effect,” Head CEO Johan Eliasch said in a statement Monday. “We will take every action to enforce our rights against Bode. That said, HEAD would welcome Bode’s return to World Cup racing, but it has to be on HEAD equipment.”

Miller, 39 and the most decorated U.S. skier with six Olympic medals, last raced at the February 2015 World Championships, severing his right hamstring tendon in a crash. In comments since, he has not committed to retiring nor to a definitive comeback.

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