Sochi, Russian Federation (4E Sports) – At age 36, veteran skier Bode Miller showed there’s enough gas left in the tank as he won bronze medal in the men’s super-G Sunday event of the Sochi Winter Games.
“If it’s not the most important race of my life, it’s right there with it,” said Miller, who sat out all of last season recovering from knee surgery and hadn’t won a race in more than two years. “I had a lot to show today.”
Miller nearly lost control as he roared down a mountain at the Rosa Khutor alpine center but kept it together to make it to the finish line for his sixth Olympic medal, a record for US skiers.
Miller finished tied with Canada’s Jan Hudec, who also got a bronze medal, and behind only gold medalist Kjetil Jansrud of Norway and U.S. teammate Andrew Weibrecht, whose shocking silver medal made it a two-medal day for the U.S. ski team.
“I put in a lot of work,” said Miller, who became the oldest alpine skier to win an Olympic medal. He also has five world championship medals, 33 World Cup victories and two overall World Cup titles.
“This was a really hard year. It was a lot of effort coming back to get fit and get ready and just battle through what life throws at you sometimes. To come out and ski hard, it is almost therapeutic for me to be in these situations where I really have to test myself,” he added.
Miller is now behind only Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt, who had eight, in OIympic alpine medals, and he tied speedskaters Bonnie Blair for second place behind Apolo Ohno (eight) for the most medals among all U.S. Winter Olympians.
The tie between Miller and Hudec was the second medal tie at these Games, and the sixth in Olympic alpine history. Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland tied for the gold medal Wednesday in the women’s downhill.