Jan 16, 2013, 11:18 AM EDT
Are Bode Miller’s chances of defending his super combined gold medal at next year’s Sochi Olympics dwindling?
The U.S. Alpine skiing star, who has been off the slopes since having his left knee surgically repaired a year ago, announced this week that he will take the rest of the season off to continue his rehab. It’s the first time since 1997 – his first year on the World Cup circuit – that Miller has missed an entire season.
Miller, who has kept himself occupied by playing golf (and accidentally hitting his wife in the eye with a golf ball) and selling his yacht, said the decision was “easy for me when I look at my opportunity next year.”
The 35-year-old Miller married beach volleyball player Morgan Beck in October and in August, the couple is due to have its first child together.
Miller won a pair of silver medals at the 2002 Olympics but came up empty in 2006. At the Vancouver Games, he won the super combined, took second in the super-G and placed third in the downhill.
Will the combined factors of his age and knee issue lead to a failed bid at earning a medal in Sochi?
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