Bode Miller (born October 12 1977) is an American alpine skier. In 2008 Bode (pronounced as boʊˈdi) won his second overall Alpine Skiing World Cup title in four years, after also winning the title in 2005. This led the United States ski team to sweep the men's and women's overall World Cup titles for the first time in 25 years, as Lindsey Vonn won the woman's title. In 2005 Bode became the first American in 22 years to win the overall title, since Phil Mahre and Tamara McKinney in 1983. Earlier during his championship season, with a victory on November 28, 2004, he became only the fifth man to win World Cup races in all five disciplines: slalom, giant slalom, Super-G, downhill, and combined. With 31 World Cup victories, he is the most successful American alpine skier. He is also a four-time World Champion in four different disciplines and has a pair of silver medals from the 2002 Winter Olympics. On May 12 2007, Miller announced that he would be leaving the US Ski Team.. However, he still competes for the USA in international competitions.
Miller first gained widespread recognition when he won two silver medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics in the Giant Slalom and Combined events, though he had been known to skiing fans since he burst onto the World Cup scene as an 18-year-old in 1996. Miller is known for his reckless style, often risking crashes to increase his chances of winning a given race; in his book, Bode: Go Fast, Be Good, Have Fun, Miller stated that his goal as a skier was not to win medals, but rather to ski "as fast as the natural universe will allow." In 2006, Miller also become famous for his reclusive (but outspoken) personality, and his attention-getting statements. Miller has historically fared well at the FIS World Ski Championships, winning a total of four gold medals and one silver medal.
Miller made history by winning at least one race in each of the four standard World Cup disciplines: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G, and Downhill; by winning a slalom in Sestriere, Italy, on December 13, 2004, he joined Marc Girardelli of Luxembourg, who had been the first man to accomplish this feat in 1989. Miller accomplished the feat in less time than any previous skier, male or female; the victory was his sixth of the season after only ten races. At the 2005 World Championships in Bormio, Italy he won two gold medals, in Super-G and Downhill.
Bode Miller clinched his second overall world cup championship at the World Cup Alpine Finals in Bormio, Italy. Miller missed a chance to also win the downhill title when bad weather prevented the season's last race from being run. Miller got his first win of the season at the Stelvio downhill in Bormio in December. On January 13, Miller won for the second year in a row the legendary Wengen downhill, matching Phil Mahre as the most successful American skier with 27 World Cup victories. On January 20, he broke this record by winning the Hahnenkahm combined event at Kitzbühel. On January 27, he won the first super combined in his career in Chamonix and took the lead in the World Cup standings. On February 3, he won the super combined in Val d'Isère and took the combined title. On March 1, Bode got his sixth win of the season at Kvitfjell, cementing his lead in the overall and closing to 5 points on Cuche in downhill. At the end of this impressive season he is crowned overall champion.
Many perceived his "whatever" attitude a violation of the "Olympic Spirit." An attitude that had more in common with one of his sponsors Nike, which espoused the motto "Just Do It." Some of the responsibility for the excessive 2006 Olympic publicity was believed to rest with Nike's relentless advertising campaign, in which they urged consumers to "Join Bode." This prompted Washington Post sportswriter Sally Jenkins to ask, "Where? At the bar?" in response to his well-publicized nights on the town in Sestriere. Others have argued that the blame for Miller's crash-and-burn publicity is shared between himself, his PR people, and his manager. The theory that they collectively made Miller available for a veritable media blitz in the months leading up to the Olympics.
[The Olympic hype] is going to be a tough thing for me to manage. My actions are not always consistent. I'm super-mellow and laid back, but I'm always thinking and running 100,000 scenarios through my head. Sometimes I'm disciplined, but I like to be a total slacker, too. I party hard, but I train hard. People are going to try and figure me out and figure out my motivations, and it's going to be a circus.Miller was viewed as a loose cannon because he frequently responded to questions from the press with, as Layden put it, "sermons that are often delivered without regard to consequences" (witness his 60 Minutes and Rolling Stone 2006 interviews). Miller's US legacy has seemed to have paled since then with more recent revelations about drugs (Baseball and Cycling) and even more specular mis-adventures (American Football or Basketball) by the sports media.
Miller's autobiography, Bode: Go Fast, Be Good, Have Fun, co-written with his friend Jack McEnany, was published by Villard/Random House on October 18, 2005. Miller also became the first American alpine skier since Tommy Moe to endorse a video game when Bode Miller Alpine Racing was released for mobile phones on January 30, 2006, followed by Bode Miller Alpine Skiing for Playstation 2 and Windows. In 2006 Miller was the subject of a biographical film, Flying Downhill, which looks at the people and the place he comes from, and where exactly each fits within his philosophy.
Miller broke away from the US Ski team and formed "Team America" for the 2007/08 season. This allowed him more control of his training, equipment, staff and sponsors and fewer distractions.
On July 29, 2006, Miller signed a one-day contract to play baseball for the Nashua Pride (Canadian-American League). He went 0-2 with two strikeouts, however he did make an acrobatic catch in left field, which earned national attention by being featured by ESPN , among others. The team said it would donate at least $5,000 from ticket sales for the game to Miller's Turtle Ridge Foundation, which will give the money to the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
|9 December 2001||Val d'Isère||Giant Slalom|
|10 December 2001||Madonna di Campiglio||Slalom|
|6 January 2002||Adelboden||Slalom|
|22 January 2002||Schladming||Slalom|
|22 December 2002||Alta Badia||Giant Slalom|
|4 January 2003||Kranjska Gora||Giant Slalom|
|26 October 2003||Sölden||Giant Slalom|
|22 November 2003||Park City||Giant Slalom|
|11 January 2004||Chamonix||Combined|
|25 January 2004||Kitzbühel||Combined|
|15 February 2004||St. Anton||Slalom|
|28 February 2004||Kranjska Gora||Giant Slalom|
|24 October 2004||Sölden||Giant Slalom|
|27 November 2004||Lake Louise||Downhill|
|28 November 2004||Lake Louise||Super-G|
|3 December 2004||Beaver Creek||Downhill|
|12 December 2004||Val d'Isère||Giant Slalom|
|13 December 2004||Sestrières||Slalom|
|11 March 2005||Lenzerheide||Super-G|
|3 December 2005||Beaver Creek||Giant Slalom|
|16 March 2006||Åre||Super-G|
|1 December 2006||Beaver Creek||Downhill|
|15 December 2006||Val Gardena||Super-G|
|20 December, 2006||Hinterstoder||Super-G|
|13 January, 2007||Wengen||Downhill|
|29 December, 2007||Bormio||Downhill|
|13 January, 2008||Wengen||Downhill|
|20 January, 2008||Kitzbühel||Combined|
|27 January, 2008||Chamonix||Super Combined|
|3 February 2008||Val d'Isère||Super Combined|
|1 March 2008||Kvitfjell||Downhill|
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