Bode Miller might not return to ski racing after all.
“I don’t need to win any more races,” the six-time Olympic medalist said in a Sky Sports interview in Italy on Saturday. “It’s not a top priority right now. … One of the things that’s appealing about it is that I don’t have to wait two years or three years to go to an Olympics if I wanted to. … A World Cup season with an Olympics, that would be an interesting way to end my career, but I could also end it by not showing up and staying home.”
Miller, 39, has not closed the door on his career but will definitely not race the rest of the season. He’s commentating for NBC Sports during the World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, the next two weeks.
In December, U.S. head coach Sasha Rearick said Miller texted him, “Count me in coach in the future. I’m coming back. Just things are not looking good for me to travel this January.”
On Jan. 20, Miller said in a press conference of racing again, “Yes, that is the goal, but there are another million parts that have to fit in,” including his family and business interests, according to journalist Brian Pinelli.
But now Miller seems less certain. German outlet ISPO reported over the weekend that Miller said he is “90 percent sure” he won’t return.
“You see more and more now, athletes who are in their 30s being competitive, but you don’t see any in their 40s being competitive,” Miller said in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport on Saturday.Follow @nzaccardi