Bode Miller addresses retirement speculation
„Will he or will he not retire now“, was the question that many fans of alpine skiing and of Bode Miller specifically asked themselves after the 37-year-old crashed and tore a hamstring tendon in his comeback race during the World Championships in Beaver Creek. It was Miller’s first time racing after a 11-month break due to a back surgery and he had mentioned that the season was to probably going to be his last before retiring.
Now, the five-time Olympian addressed the speculation in an NBC OlympicTalk.
„We don’t have any plans yet. I certainly have the speed still to do it, which is good for me and exciting. But I have some different things going on business-wise that I’m excited about also, that I have to put some priority into. And my family is my top priority. I would say it’s unlikely that I race at least a full circuit this coming season because of my son and my wife.“ With Miller’s son Nash born on May 18, family has turned into one of the main points that he would like to put energy into now.
Yet, a competitive return to the ski slopes is not out of the question for for the 37-year-old: „But, honestly, even though it sounds funny to most people, there’s a chance that I would commit to a season after this coming season and race. I still do love the sport. There’s a lot to give, still. But whether or not I race again at that level, I do think there’s a real responsibility to share some of my knowledge.“
The sharing of knowledge to young athletes and up-and-coming talents is something that Miller would like to be involved with more and more in the future. With many „older“ and more experienced athletes like Miller, Lindsey Vonn or Ted Ligety, the U.S. Ski Team has a large competence group which should, in Miller’s opinion, be utilized more.
„I’m certainly going to be a part of the sport and be involved with the U.S. Ski team.They haven’t really utilized the experienced athletes the way they should have to perpetuate the success that’s been there. But I think they’re starting to understand that they need to incorporate that component to bring the next generation in and have them be able to transition onto the world stage and be successful. I believe that. I’ve helped them to try to understand that, and I want to try to activate that process.“
Read the full interview here.