Bode Miller’s Olympic career is (almost definitely) over: The 36-year-old American decided to pull out of the Men’s Slalom due to discomfort in his surgically repaired left knee. That means he’ll finish his time in Sochi with one bronze medal and one uncomfortable, heartbreaking interview with NBC.
But Miller has won six Olympic medals (the most of any U.S. skier), six discipline World Cup titles and two overall World Cup titles. Even though his fifth and final Olympics didn’t go the way he planned, he’s still the most successful U.S. skier ever and one of the all-time greats, not to mention the oldest alpine medalist thanks to his super-G bronze.
Remember when Miller didn’t care about winning? Here’s the cover of TIME Magazine from January 2006 (via reddit):
And here he is skiing off the course of the Giant Slalom, his final event, after finishing 13th:
Miller has grown up, and he matured into one of the best to ever strap stuff to his feet and hurtle down a snowy mountain. If not caring about winning gets you what he got, then consider me careless. We’ll miss you, Bode.
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