Born: 12 October 1977
Birthplace: Easton, New Hampshire
Best known as: The reckless American skier who won medals in 2010
Bode Miller has distinguished himself as one of the world's fastest skiers, with numerous World Cup titles and six Olympic medals. Competing internationally since 1996, he won two silver medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City (giant slalom and combined events) and became a national celebrity. His speed-at-any-cost approach earned him a reputation for being reckless, but also helped his celebrity status as an exciting athlete to watch, both on and off the slopes. Considered by many to be a favorite in the 2006 Winter Olympics, Miller fell short of medaling, and comments he made led to accusations that he cared more about parties than about the Olympics. He left the U.S. Ski Team in 2007 to race independently, and in 2008 won his second overall World Cup title, but had a disappointing season in 2009. He rejoined the U.S. Ski Team and qualified for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where he won a gold, a silver and a bronze. He had knee surgery in 2013, but was back in action in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where he won a bronze medal, becoming the oldest Alpine medalist -- 36 years old -- in Olympic history.
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