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Miller shuts it down for season to rest ankle, plan for next season


Miller shuts it down for season to rest ankle, plan for next season


March 9, 2010 —  PARK CITY, UT – After skiing with injuries nearly all winter, five-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), who skied to an inspiring gold medal in the Olympic super combined, will miss the remainder of the season in order to focus on recouping his health.

"My ankle is still bothering me so I'm going to stay home and get treatment," said Miller.

Miller sustained a right ankle sprain in December while playing volleyball with teammates in Val d'Isere, France. After taking two weeks off from racing in late December and early January, Miller returned to the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup to notch his American record 32nd victory with a stunning super combined win at the famed Lauberhorn classic in Wengen, Switzerland.

He then posted a top 10 at the punishing Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria before battling his way through the Olympics with a historic gold-silver-bronze medal haul to lead the U.S. Ski Team with three of eight medals.

"My goal at the beginning of the season was to get ready for the Olympics and to win races in February," Miller said. "I just focused on that and I did that. If I wasn't injured, I would have a made a separate decision about going to World Cup Finals, but that's not the case. I feel like I accomplished everything I wanted to this season so it's nice to just be able to relax."

Miller has not yet decided on his plan for the 2011 World Cup season.

"The Olympics were a good experience but it's all been pretty positive in my career," he said. "I haven't made any decisions about next season. At some point, I'll sit down with Sasha [Rearick, U.S. Ski Team Head Coach] and see where we're at and what kind of program we can put together and I'll make a plan from there."



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