Sochi, Russian Federation (4E Sports) – Bode Miller, the most accomplished ski racer in US history, failed in his bid to win a medal in the downhill event of the Sochi Winter Olympics, finishing just eighth in the finals Sunday despite a mistake-free run.
“I didn’t make any mistakes today, the bottom of the course got slower and I was leading up until that point,” Miller said after the event.
“The light was flat and I couldn’t see the snow as good as I liked,” Miller said. “This course has teeth and it can bite you at any moment. It was my type of downhill.”
Still, Miller finished half-a-second behind eventual winner Matthias Mayer, son of the famous Austrian ski champion Helmut Mayer.
After the defeat, Miller, who claims he’s in the best physical shape in recent years, now set his sights on the Super Combined of downhill and slalom later in the week.
“For all the years in racing from Olympics to World Cup, it has become a little old hat to me, although I’m in great shape, I still need to find a bit of motivation,” he added.
This is Miller’s fifth and final Olympics. He has won five Olympic medals and other World Cup and World Championship trophies.