Bode Miller Wins the Downhill at Beaver Creek

Advertisers spend a lot of time trying to fuse the words “effortless” and “skiing.” Flip to an ad for Beaver Creek in Ski Magazine and you’ll probably find a pampered skier making silky turns across a canvas of untracked corduroy. Just like a professional dancer, he or she has probably trained for years to produce a smooth performance.

Bode Miller photo by Eric Schramm

Enter Bode Miller. He may be popular with the ladies, but his skiing is anything but smooth. Just listen to the yelling in the start house as Miller prepares to throw his body through every turn in the course ahead. The finesse is there, but he’s not afraid to look like he’s trying.

Miller’s win in the World Cup downhill shouldn’t be a surprise. He put together an exceptionally smooth run, betraying his fight against physics only a couple of times. The guy knows what he’s doing and last week at Beaver Creek, he served up a reminder to fans and competitors alike that he’s still got it.

5 comments on “Bode Miller Wins the Downhill at Beaver Creek

  1. That guy is just so fast. It’s so cool to see that he’s still got it…. I’m definitely hoping for a ton of ski racing news this winter from him and the ladies.

  2. Miker, It might have looked effortless but if you read Bodes comments after the race it was anything but. He said it was a miracle that he didn’t end up in the hospital, skiing like he did he said it works maybe 2 or 3 times out of 10, 6 or 7 times you end up in the fence and the other you end up in the hospital. It’s great to see he still has that competitive drive. Said he had his foot on the gas the whole way down. Lets hope he can keep up the intensity the whole season without trashing himself.

  3. Is Bode still determined to ski every race in a season? He was into that a few years ago, and I think it worked against him.

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