Talk of the Games
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Golden Bode: Olympics a two-sided coin
Posted by Meri-Jo Borzilleri
WHISTLER, B.C. -- On Sunday, Bode Miller finally filled in the one thing that had been missing from an impressive ski-racing resume: Olympic gold.
His medal in super-combined (one run downhill, then one run slalom) was his fifth in the Olympics, and third here in Whistler.
With a week left in the Games, he appears to be -- dare we say? -- the model Olympian. That's in stark contrast to 2006, when he didn't win a single medal, but, as he said, got to party on an Olympic level.
On Sunday, someone asked Miller what, exactly, was bugging him four years ago?
Here's what he said:
"I was incredibly conflicted. The Olympics is definitely, in my mind, a two-sided coin. It has all the best things of sport. It has amazing energy, enthusiasm, passion, inspiration. It's what changes lives. In that sense, it's the pinnacle.
"On the flip side of that is the corruption, the abuse, the money. That's what was bothering me (in 2006). Being thrust in the middle of that and being the poster boy for that when it's the absolute thing I despise the most in the world was really draining on my inspiration and my level of passion.
"Those are the things that I function on primarily when I'm racing. I just had the plug pulled out on my most important fuel source. It had been happening for a year, and it was just too much."
(Bode Miller said he was "conflicted" about the Games in 2006. Photo/ Alessandro Ravoti)
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