Bode Miller may have been an infamous party boy but he brought home the gold for the U.S. men’s ski team!
Bode Miller, 32, is known for taking risks on the slopes, but it all paid off Feb. 21 when Bode won the gold medal for the Men’s Alpine Skiing super-combined at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, Canada. This is Bode’s first ever gold medal Olympic win!
Over the course of Bode’s career he’s shocked the world with his carefree attitude and self proclaimed party boy ways. “Sometimes I’m disciplined, but I like to be a total slacker, too,” Bode revealed in an interview leading up to the Turin Olympics in 2005. “I party hard, but I train hard. People are going to try and figure me out and figure out my motivations, and it’s going to be a circus.”
The super-combined event is a huge win for Bode and the United States since it signifies a true overall ability in men’s skiing. Bode’s career has been full of wins — two World Cup overall titles, U.S. record 32 World Cup race victories, and four world championships. But this gold sets a record-tying of three medals in three events at the 2010 Winter Olympics!
Bode is feeling a wide range of emotions but above all he’s thrilled! “I felt awesome about it,” he said. “But still, it’s incredibly emotionally exhausting to do it like that.”
How will Bode celebrate? He told reporters after his big win Sunday that he’s ready for a vacation! “I’ve got one leg that’s injured and another leg that’s on my boat already.” — Chloe Melas