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Bode Miller Withdraws from Finals

Bode Miller Withdraws from Finals

[ Tue, 2010-03-09 17:22 ]
Bode Miller Withdraws
Opens the door for Lindsey: With five World Cup races this weekend, she can clinch the title of Winningest American Ever.

With all the talk at the Olympics of a certain shapely—and amply exposed—shin, bare mention was made of another American hopeful’s sore and bothersome lower leg. 

Bode Miller needed no redemption in our book, but witnessing his Olympic triumph was still a memory for the ages, and the fact that he did it all with a bum ankle makes it all the sweeter. Miller, who announced today that he’s skipping the World Cup Finals this week in Garmisch, Germany, just hasn’t been right for a long time now, so his withdrawal comes as no great surprise. In the past, we might have grumbled. But the new Bode—the guy who had grown men (not us, though) welling up with tears as he celebrated in the super combined finish area—gets a pass. Rest up, bro. Get well soon.

Reuters notes that there are no season championships at stake for Miller, but in fact Bode is turning his back on a prize that might be even bigger in some minds. With her victory in the downhill at Crans Montana, Lindsey Vonn—she of the well-turned shin—notched her 32nd World Cup victory, tying Miller for the title of Winningest American Ever. (Yeah, it’s still hard to believe: Phil Who?) So, while Bode catches up with daughter Dace, who at age 2 must be toddling about more adorably than ever, Vonn gets five shots at another win—and the chance to leave even the great Miller behind. The way she’s skiing, it’s an almost certain bet, and we’ll be rooting for her.

Meanwhile, another Olympic medal-winner, Andrew Weibrecht, surprise bronze-winner in the downhill, will also miss the Finals, having dislocated his shoulder in a crash at the Kvitfjell men’s downhill last weekend, where Switzerland’s Didier Cuche wrapped up the men’s downhill title with a win.