Game On: Bode Miller Will Ski Next Season

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 14, 2009 5:04 pm

Two-time overall World Cup champ Bode Miller formalized his plans for next season with his ski manufacturer (Head) earlier today at a meeting in Austria.

“He’s planning to continue,” Head’s racing director Rainer Salzgeber told The Associated Press. “I wouldn’t have been surprised if he had told us he was taking the year off. But he said, ‘No, I don’t want to do that.’ “

When it came to the Olympic Games, however, which will undoubtedly be the highlight of next season—Miller remained mum.

“I asked him, and he said, ‘I’m not focusing on that,’” Salzgeber said. “It would be a big surprise if he stops, although the Bahamas are nice that time of year, and you never know with him.”

The slightly reclusive yet quick-witted skier told Head he intends to race without coaches and that he will skip summer training. (Miller first broke away from the U.S. Ski Team two years ago.)

Although Miller might not train on snow again until September or October, Salzgeber is not worried. “He has a pretty good dry-land training program, and he looks quite good right now,” Salzgeber said.

By releasing his coaches, Miller allows himself the opportunity to change his mind at the last minute, but Salzgeber said the American was excited about testing new skis.

“I could feel it in the discussion. He’s really into it and he wants to push it on the materials side,” Salzgeber said. “But everybody who knows Bode could imagine he changes his mind.”

Miller’s contract with Head runs through the 2011-2012 season, which would include another World Championships. Salzgeber said the company would not terminate the contract if Miller decides to quit. “For us, it’s not a big deal,” Salzgeber said. “He will continue to test for us either way.”