Miller mulls future as injury worsens
ARE, Sweden ” Bode Miller aggravated an injury to his left knee during training Tuesday, and his decision to ski next season will depend on his rehabilitation this summer.
Miller, who failed to win a medal in five races at the Turin Olympics, hurt his knee on a jump in Beaver Creek early this season. The injury has troubled him and his thigh muscle has atrophied.
The latest mishap to the 28-year-old American came during downhill training for the World Cup Finals, and he finished 18th. He skipped the recent races in Asia.
“My knee is pretty sore, it just depends on how that can shape up this summer,” said Miller, the 2005 World Cup overall champion.
“That’s going to be my top priority in the spring, getting that fixed up. That was a major issue all year. It’s really not that fun when you’re trying to race and train and you’re constantly dealing with an injury like that,” he said.
“Meniscus damage is something that if you can deal with the pain of it, it either works itself out or finishes itself off.”
Miller said his knee stayed swollen for three weeks after he injured in Beaver Creek. It seemed to get better but he hurt it again in a giant slalom in Alta Badia, Italy, a few weeks later.
“I just hammered myself there and it just ballooned again and I haven’t been able to tighten my quad,” he said. “It’s wicked atrophied now. It’s almost (an inch) smaller than my right one.”
Miller exacerbated the injury Tuesday when he landed heavily on the top jump.
“I just landed a little bit … harder than I needed to and the knee doesn’t really feel that great,” he said. “I would have liked to go to Korea and Japan but in hindsight those races are always pretty tough and those conditions I think probably would have hurt it some more.”
Miller has wavered during the last few seasons about continuing to ski on the World Cup circuit. Last year he threatened to skip the Olympics and launch a rebel ski tour. He often talks of a deep lack of motivation, and complains about sponsor obligations and excessive media attention.
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