Alpine skiing:Tearful Miller remembers dead brother

Sun Feb 16, 2014 6:32am EST
 
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By Alan Baldwin

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Bode Miller spoke of his late younger brother after his sixth Olympic medal opened the emotional floodgates on Sunday.

The 36-year-old American's equal third place in the super-G at the Sochi Games made him the oldest Alpine skier to win a medal.

Only one skier, Norway's Kjetil-Andre Aamodt, has ever won more medals (eight) but those facts and figures were not uppermost in his mind at the finish as he tearfully struggled for composure.

It was the thought of 29-year-old Chelone, the promising snowboarder who might have been at the Games but died of an apparent seizure last year, that proved too much for Miller to keep it all together.

"It was just some questions and comments about my brother," he explained to reporters afterwards. "Losing my brother this last year was really hard for myself, my family, our whole community.

"It was just a lot of emotion. To have things go well today, as well as they did...everything felt pretty raw and pretty connected. It was a lot for me."

Competing in his fifth Olympics, Miller had arrived in Sochi determined to add to the collection that had already made him the most medaled U.S. skier.

He was fastest in two of three training sessions for the downhill but changed conditions on race day left him well out of the reckoning and he was also unable to defend his super combined title on Friday.   Continued...

 
Bode Miller (L) of the U.S. cries next to his wife Morgan Beck in the mixed zone after finishing in the men's alpine skiing Super-G competition during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Cente February 16, 2014. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger