Bode Miller nominated to U.S. Ski Team for 2015-16

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While ski fans wait to see if Bode Miller retires, he at least left the door open to return next season by accepting a nomination to the U.S. Ski Team for 2015-16, according to The Associated Press.

The U.S. Ski Team announced its nominations for all of its teams next season Thursday.

Nominations: Alpine | Freeskiing | Freestyle | Nordic | Snowboarding

Miller, 37 and a six-time Olympic medalist, said after a World Championships crash in February (video here) that he was leaning toward retirement. He had surgery to repair a severed right hamstring tendon.

The other U.S. Alpine stars were all nominated to the team — Lindsey VonnMikaela ShiffrinJulia MancusoTed Ligety and Travis Ganong.

Of the other teams, two notable absences were women’s ski jumping pioneer Lindsey Van and 2010 Olympic Nordic combined champion Bill Demong.

Van, the 2007 World champion before women’s ski jumping was added to the Olympics for Sochi 2014, said on Instagram that the Sochi Winter Games were her last competition.

Demong expected to retire after his fifth Olympics in Sochi but continued last season, after running the New York City Marathon in 3 hours, 26 minutes.

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