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Bode Miller’s tough downhill prompts Twitter condolences

Bode Miller

United States’ Bode Miller reacts after his run in the men’s downhill event at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Charlie Riedel

Bode Miller tore through the downhill training runs on Rosa Khutor, posting the fastest times on Thursday and Saturday, prompting hope that the 36-year-old skier would claim the sixth Olympic medal of his career -- and possibly his second-ever gold.

VIDEO: Bode Miller’s wife can’t watch

But he adjusted his approach from his training runs, struggled during the middle section of the course and finished eighth.

Olympic heartbreak for Bode Miller. | #SochiSMG | Photo:

— USATODAYSportsImages (@USATsportsImage) February 9, 2014

And if you didn’t think anyone was awake, watching an online stream at 3 am ET, well, you’d be wrong.

Gutted 😞 #teambode

— Helen Quinn (@helen_quinn) February 9, 2014

"@JDE66: Looking at pictures of Bode Miller reminds me how lonely loosing is.... Nothing but time makes it easier #Sochi2014"

— Rana Reider (@tracnut) February 9, 2014

Olympic heartbreak for Bode Miller. | #SochiSMG | Photo:

— Leslie Anneliese (@LeslieAnneliese) February 9, 2014

Bode Miller and DeLago lost. Darn. #Sochi2014 #alwayssupportoldfarts

— Chris Gale (@pukeko60) February 9, 2014

Some tweeted upbeat messages.

There’s always next time, Bode Miller, and another race still to come on Thursday. USA sends positive vibes and best wishes~

— Just As Real As You (@JustAsRealAsU) February 9, 2014

@MillerBode Your still the greatest skier of all time!!! My idol !!! Cmon BOOOODEEE.. I know you will get your medal #Legend

— Thomas Jäger (@ThomasJaeger16) February 9, 2014

And this tweet probably helped a bit.

So so so proud of my husband. Time to celebrate how lucky we are to be here and get ready for the next 4 races!!

— Morgan Miller (@MorganEBeck) February 9, 2014

Miller still has more chances for gold, most likely in Friday’s super combined.