Bode Miller tore through the downhill training runs on Rosa Khutor, posting the fastest times on Thursday and Saturday, prompting hope that the 36-year-old skier would claim the sixth Olympic medal of his career — and possibly his second-ever gold.
But he adjusted his approach from his training runs, struggled during the middle section of the course and finished eighth.
— USATODAYSportsImages (@USATsportsImage) February 9, 2014
And if you didn’t think anyone was awake, watching an online stream at 3 am ET, well, you’d be wrong.
Gutted 😞 #teambode
— Helen Quinn (@helen_quinn) February 9, 2014
— Rana Reider (@tracnut) February 9, 2014
— Leslie Anneliese (@LeslieAnneliese) February 9, 2014
— Chris Gale (@pukeko60) February 9, 2014
Some tweeted upbeat messages.
There’s always next time, Bode Miller, and another race still to come on Thursday. USA sends positive vibes and best wishes~
— Just As Real As You (@JustAsRealAsU) February 9, 2014
— Thomas Jäger (@ThomasJaeger16) February 9, 2014
And this tweet probably helped a bit.
So so so proud of my husband. Time to celebrate how lucky we are to be here and get ready for the next 4 races!!
— Morgan Miller (@MorganEBeck) February 9, 2014
Miller still has more chances for gold, most likely in Friday’s super combined.