Word is, VANOC Chief John Furlong is considering writing a book in his imminent retirement, but I must admit, if there’s a memoir coming out of these Games that I’d like to read, it would be Bode Miller’s. At a press conference yesterday after his silver medal winning run in the men’s Super-G, Miller was articulate and insightful about what motivates him and where it went wrong in Torino.
He walked away from the sport last year, but has become the Prodigal Son for the US Ski Team at these Games – the former bad boy turned good. “That’s your story,” he tells media, as reporters continue to play a narrative about how a man changed and what might have triggered the transformation.
Yesterday, Miller admitted that the pressure he was under to win 5 medals in Torino, stole away his love for skiing. He felt that he didn’t own his own results, wasn’t the master of his own destiny. And his actions reflected that frustration and sense of being robbed of his autonomy.
But the question I walk away with is, are these Games his swansong?
“I think I’ve earned the right to not try and kill myself every day,” he said. He’d spent the previous day training slalom, and took a gnarly crash after getting tangled up with a gate. ” There’s nothing I want to do more than win the slalom again. But I had a huge crash knocked the wind out of myself and readjusted about 15 of my vertebrae. That’s good fun and everything, but I was pretty happy [last summer] to spend time at the beach and spend time with my daughter.”
Write a book, Bode. It’s your turn to tell the story.