Miller ready to win 'every race' in Sochi

Mon Feb 3, 2014 4:16am EST
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By Patrick Lang

ST MORITZ, Switzerland (Reuters) - Bode Miller failed to complete his last race before the Winter Olympics, a giant slalom in St Moritz at the weekend, but the American made it clear his ambitions remained high for this month's Sochi Games.

"I'm ready. My skiing in general is pretty solid. It was the idea to keep getting stronger and come to the Olympics ready to win in every race," said the 36-year-old World Cup veteran, who will be competing at his fifth Winter Games in Russia.

Miller, who missed the entire 2012-13 season to treat lingering knee problems, has staged a highly successful comeback campaign, standing on the podium three times in three different events.

One of the most versatile talents of his generation, he has already collected five medals, including one gold, since his Olympic debut in Nagano in 1998 and will defend his super-combined crown in Rosa Khutor at the February 7-23 Games.

The once maverick poster boy of alpine skiing has now matured and can claim to be the only skier of such high profile to have taken part in that many Games.

"It seems like a long time ago. It goes by very quickly," he said of his Olympic debut in 1998.

"I wasn't thinking much beyond that day. When you're so young you have infinite possibilities ahead of you. Some 400 races or so later, I'm a very different person now," he added.

Miller has already competed in all five alpine skiing disciplines at the Olympics and will enter at least four in Sochi, with the slalom likely to make way having been a weak event in recent seasons.   Continued...

Bode Miller of the U.S. clears a gate during the first run of the men's World Cup giant slalom race in St. Moritz February 2, 2014. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann