Bode Miller, the record-breaking American skier whose career has been plagued in recent years by injuries, has been nominated for the U.S. Ski Team, according to a Thursday report from the AP. While Miller, who won a gold medal in the super combined event at the 2010 Olympics, has not ruled out the possibility of joining the team for the 2015-2016 season, he would have to decide whether it would conflict with his new commitments, including a baby, which is due this month.
There’s reason to believe that Miller will be retiring soon, and for good. As Outside reported in October, the six-time Olympic medalist hopes to pursue a career as a horse trainer in the near future, with plans to buy a property in Kentucky, and hire an experienced training partner. “That’s going to be my career after skiing,” Miller said during an interview on In Depth with Graham Besinger.
As Outside reported in February, the 37-year-old New Hampshire native suffered a crash at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, after which he declared he was “leaning pretty heavy towards not going out there anymore.”
“At some point, enough things conspire together and [retirement] does stick,” he told NBC Sports. “I’m not one of those people who needs a grand showing-off or a parade. I just won’t be there.”