Miller crashes out of Super-G, future in doubt

Thu Feb 5, 2015 6:38pm EST
 
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By Steve Keating

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) - American showman Bode Miller, one of the greatest and most controversial skiers of all-time, crashed out of the alpine ski world championship Super-G on Thursday, exiting in the attacking style that has become his trademark.

A shaken Miller was able to ski to the bottom of the hill where he was greeted by a thundering ovation from the packed grandstand, who just might have witnessed the final chapter in a remarkable career. He exited the hill and was taken to hospital with a gruesome gash cutting across his right calf.

Competing in his first race of the season after missing the start of the World Cup campaign following back surgery, Miller took a deep breath and pushed out of the start hut onto a sun-kissed Birds of Prey layout to loud cheers.

With his wife Morgan and two children looking on from the finish area, the 37-year-old American launched into one of his patented charges, leading by more than half second at the second interval when disaster struck.

As always, Miller raced on the edge searching for the most direct line possible to the finish but clipped a gate with his left arm as he roared into the section of the course known as the Abyss. He was twisted backwards, flying spread-eagled into the air before slamming violently onto the snow his skies exploded from his boots.

Miller tumbled down the hill before slowly coming to a stop and managed a small wave to the crowd.

While coaches rushed to Miller's side his wife looked on in horror while his daughter covered her eyes before he was helped up and skied down the hill despite an open wound.

"Bode was skiing outstanding, he was going for it absolutely sending it from top to bottom and putting down a run that inspired Americans, inspired the world," said U.S. team head coach Sasha Rearick.   Continued...

 
Feb 5, 2015; Beaver Creek, CO, USA; Bode Miller of the United States crashes during the men's Super G in the FIS alpine skiing world championships at Birds of Prey Racecourse. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports