Miller goes gold, silences skeptics

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Emma Carroll writes, No one knew how alpine skier Bode Miller was going to fare in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games after a disappointing and…

No one knew how alpine skier Bode Miller was going to fare in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games after a disappointing and medal-less performance in the 2006 Games in Turin. Miller decided to silence the critics Sunday night with a his first ever Olympic gold in the super-combined. 2006 and the years surrounding it were bad news for Bode. In addition to winning no medals and being out of shape at the Olympics, Miller seperated himself from the U.S. Ski Team for two seasons, and was reportedly “dreading” the Games the summer leading up to them. The reason? Even his father didn’t know. Woody Miller, his father, said all he knew was that it was a huge problem, and not why.He took the Olympics that year as a reason to party it up, but now the attitude has changed. The scowling, self-important effect has given way to a smiling, enthusiastic, positive one. The lack of medals has turned in to three just in these Games. Combining these medals with the two silvershe won in Salt Lake City, and you get the most medals ever won by an American skier. Quite the lofty achievement for any skier, let alone a can-he-or-can’t-he comeback kid. Milleralso has let on that he’s still taking theGames with a grain of salt, saying, “The Olympics is definitely in my mind a two-sided coin. It hasall the best things of sport…In a sense, its the pinnacle of what sports and camaraderie is. On the flip side is the opposite – the corruption, the abuse, the money. ..That’s what was bothering me.” According to him, the corruption was so bad it was taking from his overall love of the sport. “Being the poster boy for that…was really draining on my inspiration…It was just too much.” Never fear, however. His passion is back and more apparent than ever. He claimed to give his gold medal race “100 percent heart” and calls it something he’ll be proud of for “the rest of my life.” And the rest of the nation will be proud of our new favorite comeback kid for a very long time.