(January 14, 2008) -- Bode Miller, 4-Time World Champion ski racer, won his 27th World Cup race yesterday in Wengen, Switzerland tying Phil Mahre's all-time American World Cup wins record. Mahre held the American World Cup record of 27 wins since 1984. This win makes Bode the 8th winningest racer in the history of the sport dating back 41 years to 1967.
"Phil Mahre is widely considered as one of the greatest American skiers of all time, and I am excited to share this record with him, says Miller. "Skiing for my new independent race team, Team America, I hope to set the new American World Cup wins record soon.
After an 11-year tenure with the US Ski Team, Miller made the decision in May 2007 to ski independently for his own Team America. "With Team America, my coaches and I will be able to focus solely on maximizing my training and race day performance, which has me super excited to get out there and race. Team America consists of himself, head coach John McBride, assistant coaches Forest Carey and Mike Kenney (all three former US Ski Team coaches), team manager Jennifer Holden, technicians Robi Kristan and Heinz Hammerle, agents Lowell Taub of CAA Sports and Ken Sowles and driver/chef Jake Serino.
Miller is also focused on his work with his charity called the Turtle Ridge Foundation (TRF) http://www.turtleridgefoundation.org/ target=_blank> turtleridgefoundation.org , which Miller, his family and Taub started in spring 2006 with a mission of supporting sustainable living, community and health causes in New Hampshire and beyond. This second win of the 2007-08 World Cup season has resulted in $16,000 in donations to Bode's Turtle Ridge Foundation. For each race win, Head, Kjus and WCSN.com collectively donate $4,000 to the Turtle Ridge Foundation and Bode matches their contributions.
Over the short life of TRF, Miller has raised and donated tens of thousands of dollars to adaptive ski programs, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club and other worthwhile causes. 2007 was TRF's most successful year, with three separate events, each raising over $15,000 for charitable causes.
In addition to his newly formed ski team and charity Bode has also embarked on his first entrepreneurial venture, SkiSpace.com, which launched this past November and celebrated in Beaver Creek, CO on December 1, 2007. Featuring social networking, user generated video content, ski news and information, http://www.skispace.com/ target=_blank> skispace.com will be the hub for ski enthusiasts worldwide to talk skiing, snow and the passion that comes with winter.