Bode Miller, shown here after winning the 2011 Audi Birds of Prey downhill in Beaver Creek, CO, will miss the entire 2013 season while recovering from injury (Getty Images - Matt Stockman)
SAN DIEGO, CA (Jan. 16) – In a strategic decision to ensure a completely healthy run for a historic fifth Olympic Winter Games, Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) has opted to utilize an injury exemption and sit out the 2013 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season including the upcoming World Ski Championships. The 35-year-old Olympic gold medalist underwent knee surgery last spring and when fully recovered expects his knee to be stronger than it has been in the last 10 years. Miller holds the American men's record for World Cup victories at 33 and hadn't missed a World Cup season since his debut in 1997. He also owns the record for consecutive race starts at 136 between March 2002 and January 2006 and is the most decorated U.S. Olympic skier in history.
In a measured and calculated decision Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) will miss the 2013 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season, including the World Championships.
An injury exemption allows an athlete to retain their FIS starting position for the following season.
Now 10 months into recovery from knee surgery, Miller will be 100 percent healthy for the 2014 Olympic season where he is the defending super combined gold medalist.
Miller had started 15 straight World Cup seasons and holds the record for consecutive race starts at 136 (March 2002-January 2006).
Miller is a five-time Olympic medalist, four-time World Champion, has six World Cup titles and holds the American men's record for World Cup victories at 33.
QUOTES Bode Miller It was tough for me to miss a season of ski racing, but this decision was easy for me when I look at my opportunity next year. My knee should be stronger than any time since before I injured it in 2001. This was a big year for me, getting married, and my wife being pregnant, so I’ve been able to enjoy that and extra time with my daughter.
I have said many times that motivation is a key trait for me when it comes to my racing – I am super motivated to do great things next year and I know 2014 will be my last Olympics. I also want to thank my sponsors for supporting me this year as I focus on recovery.
Sasha Rearick, Head Coach It is an incredibly smart and strategic decision by Bode. He's become legendary for pushing the limits of what is possible on skis, but knows an additional injury to his knee could put the 2014 Olympics in jeopardy. At this point, he is not fully recovered to race and has turned his focus to being 100 percent fit for Sochi. The U.S. Ski Team and his partners will continue to support him throughout his recovery and eventual return to competition.