Bode Miller spent four hours having makeup applied to turn him into “Grandpa Bode” for an Audi commercial that aired during NBC and NBCSN’s coverage of the Aspen Winternational over the weekend.
The 30-second ad was shot during a 10-hour day in Soelden, Austria, before the World Cup season-opening race last month, Miller’s agent said. His wife, beach volleyball player Morgan Miller, and son, 1-year-old Nate, were on hand to watch the filming of the grandpa scenes.
Miller, 37 and a six-time Olympic medalist, pulled out two days before the Soelden race due to a back injury, underwent back surgery in November and hopes to return to racing in January.
The ad shows a Miller we’ve never seen before — with gray hair and a beard and looking out from a book to a curious grandson.
It went on to flash highlights of Miller’s no-holding-back skiing style, along with an homage to his rebellious ways. Olympic teammates Julia Mancuso and Jared Goldberg made cameos.