Due to a knee injury, Bode Miller, 33-year-old Olympic champion from New Hampshire, will be sitting out the remainder of the 2012 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season.
Miller began having left knee issues in Sochi, Russia, where he missed medaling in the downhill race by just .02. He tried to ski through the pain the following weekend of February 18-19 in Bansko, Bulgaria before deciding to head home and get evaluated. He immediately had surgery to correct the problem and returned to Europe with the intention to compete in Crans Montana, rested and ready to finish the season strong. But it wasn’t enough.
“The plan was to come back and race in Crans Montana, but I couldn’t get the range of motion that I needed out of my knee to be competitive. We thought if I rested a few more days, things would come around, but it didn’t happen,” Miller said.
After a second evaluation, he decided to call it quits on this season in effort to preserve his knee. He intends to continue training and racing after a second arthroscopic knee surgery.
“I love ski racing and I love being active so I hope for a solid recovery and to get back to training as soon as possible. I’m still having fun and as long as skiing is enjoyable, I’m going to continue to do it,” he said.
Known for his daredevil style, Miller’s nerve has paid off. He is the most successful male American alpine ski racer of all time. Among his many impressive accomplishments are his 33 World Cup victories. This season has been no different, winning the Men’s World Cup Downhill at Beaver Creek in December with the time of one minute and 43.82 seconds.
“Bode makes an incredible contribution to the ski racing community at large. He has fans all over the world and people come to ski races just to see Bode. The fans had high hopes to see him race at Crans Montana and Bode wanted to compete for the fans. He inspires people from all countries and all ages to get fired up for our sport and he wants to continue to do what he loves,” Head Coach Sasha Rearick said.