No one in downhill skiing circles has ever accused Bode Miller of a lack of personality.
But perhaps at the ripe old athletic age of 36, he has turned over a new leaf.
In Sochi, Russia downhill skier Bode Miller became the oldest man ever to medal in an Alpine event, taking the Bronze in the men’s Super G in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
It was a redemption if sorts for the decorated Miller who now has a total of six Olympic medals. Earlier in these 2014 Winter Olympics, Miller failed to medal, finishing eighth in the Downhill event and sixth in the Super Combined.
Once known as the bad boy of skiing, Bode Miller has changed his tune, and the Super G medal brought out a different side of him.
“To be on the podium, it’s a really big day for me,” Miller said. “Emotionally, I had a lot riding on it. I’m super, super happy.” Source: ESPN.com
Miller cried after the medal ceremony, leaning on his wife, Morgan for emotional support. Finishing at the top of his game went a long way towards smoothing out a troubled past and stressful present. For the last several months, Miller has been dealing with the death of his brother, along with other family matters.
“Some days, medals don’t matter, and today was one of the ones where it does,” Miller told reporters. Source: ESPN.com
With age comes maturity, and this certainly seems to be the case with Bode Miller. In 2006, in an interview on the TV show 60 Minutes, he claimed to have been “wasted” during Olympic events in Turin, Italy. While Miller enjoyed the night life and social scene, he failed to medal in any of the events that winter.
Bode Miller’s return to the podium in 2010, and now 2014, is as much a testament to his attitude adjustment as it is to his immense talent on the slopes.
While we most often refrain from cheering for people to fail, especially when the Olympics and country are involved, Miller had lost a lot of support amongst those who followed the sport. Hopefully this new attitude and expression of true emotion will lead people to appreciate him for the athlete he is.
And not for the indiscretions that hampered Bode Miller for much of his career.
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