Men's super-G finally shows America the real Bode Miller
The debacle in Turin turned many Americans against Bode Miller, despite his historic success in alpine skiing. Winning silver in the men's super-G Friday – along with his earlier downhill bronze – has given Americans a better measure of the skier.
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Then came the Turin Olympics, and Bode Miller looked like a blooper reel.
What was this "World Cup," and how could anyone incapable of staying on two skis for the length of a run ever be crowned its champion?
Something smelled fishy. Either the Europeans has invented this World Cup thing, and "Bode Miller" was actually an accountant from Toledo named Steve, or someone had secretly given Miller a skill transplant before the Olympics began.
Now, at long last, Americans are seeing Bode Miller as originally advertised – with the most decorated American man in the history of alpine skiing bringing silverware to the Winter Olympic medal table Friday.
In 2002, when America knew "bode" only as a verb in Webster's English dictionary, he won two silvers, including one in one of the most memorable races in recent Olympic history. In the combined event, he fell on the downhill, recovered, and then beat the entire field by an outrageous 1.1 seconds on his second slalom run to take silver.
On that day, gold medalist Kjetil Andre Aamodt, who has won more Olympic medals than any other alpine skier in history, said: "I've never seen anybody ski as fast as he does."