Miller crashes out of worlds

Thu Feb 5, 2015 10:09pm 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 championships on Thursday, tearing his hamstring tendon after a nasty fall in the Super-G.

Taking the most direct line to the finish as always, Miller clipped a flag with his arm as he neared the bottom of the course and flew into the air before hitting the snow hard.

A statement released by the U.S. team said Miller had been released from hospital after surgery on his torn hamstring tendon from the lower leg laceration.

"Out of a successful surgery for a severed hamstring tendon. Feeling lucky since things could have been way worse," Miller posted on Twitter.

The injury will keep Miller out of the world championships and perhaps raises questions about the future of the 37-year-old's career.


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