Bode Miller‘s “dream of returning” to Alpine skiing competition this season was “quashed” by his former ski company, one of the six-time Olympic medalist’s representatives said.
On Friday, a judge dismissed Miller’s lawsuit against Head skis. Miller was seeking to get out of the remainder of a contract with Head that prevented him from competing this season with his new ski brand, Bomber.
On Monday, Miller’s rep said the skier will evaluate in one year “whether he still feels that he can physically return to his old form,” months before the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
“If Head had not won on a legal technicality, Bode would have returned to the racing circuit shortly after the court’s decision,” the representative said in an email. “Rather than compete against Bode and Head on the slopes, Head spent a small fortune to block Bode from returning to ski racing where it would be man and his equipment against the elements and other skiers, Head, unfortunately, chose to spend a small fortune to compete in the courtroom so as to deprive Bode and his fans from watching his return to the sport where he brought a certain enthusiasm, innovation and excitement to the sport. Bode will be turning 40 next year and he will evaluate a year from now whether he still feels that he can physically return to his old form. As of now, Head has quashed Bode’s dream of returning this year.”
On Friday, U.S. Ski Team head coach Sasha Rearick said Miller could “possibly” return in January, according to The Associated Press.
Miller, the most decorated U.S. Olympic skier of all time, trained in Chile in September and Colorado in November and was planning to train again in Italy.
He last competed at on Feb. 5, 2015, when he severed a right hamstring tendon in his world championships super-G crash.
Miller is already the oldest U.S. Olympic Alpine skier in history. In 2018, he will be 40 years old, which is seven years older than the next-oldest U.S. Olympic Alpine skier in history.Follow @nzaccardi