began his sports career as a state tennis champ and avid soccer
player. A natural sportsman and risk-taker, Miller soon began
turning his attention to the ski slopes of his home state of New
Hampshire where he was born on October 22, 1977 in the rural town
the slopes, he is known for his daredevil style - sometimes dubbed
downright ungraceful - but Miller continues to entertain crowds
with his all-out attempt at endurance and speed, and remains one
of the most exciting skiers to watch on the circuit today.
first-rate bowler, he also appears at celebrity golf matches and
was ranked one of the best athletes in the world by Men's Journal
in 2003. The following year he made Outside Magazine's list of
"Ultimate Bad Boys of the Outdoors."
time of 1:56.22 in the downhill at the 2005 World Championships
made him the only American in history to win the event. His downhill
win was preceded by a gold medal win in the super G a week earlier,
making him only the second man to win the double downhill and
super G since legendary Austrian Hermann
Maier in 2001.
Later in 2005,
Bode Miller became the first American in 22 years to win the overall
World Cup when he
finished ahead of his only remaining challenger, Benjamin
Raich of Austria, in the season's final giant slalom to capture
One of skiing's
most notorious party animals, Miller appeared typically unphased
by the possibility of a big win in the 2006
Winter Olympics in Torino and made tabloid headlines when
he admitted to heavy drinking and occasionally "being
wasted" while on the course.
Winter Olympic games in Torino, Miller was rumored to be partying
late into the night before major events, and unfortunately failed
to medal in any competition he entered.
To end the
year, Miller exhibited a major comeback with a downhill victory
on the Birds of Prey course in Beaver Creek, Colorado as well
as multiple victories at the World Cup standings in Hinterstoder,
2007, he continued to exhibit his trademark daredevil style with
a spectacular crash
and slide across the finish line to win the downhill in Wengen,
off his game for the overall season, Miller later ended it by
capturing the Super-G in the the World Cup finals.
followed in May 2007 when it was announced that the ever-free-spirited
Miller was quitting the USA team to become an independent skier.
coaster career was once again on track in early 2008 as he tied
Phil Mahre for the most World Cup victories by a U.S. skier when
he won the 78th Lauberhorn downhill in Wengen, Switzerland. Days
later, he surpassed Mahre when he won the World Cup combined on
January 20, making him the most successful U.S. ski racer with
28 World Cup victories.
Bode Miller winning the downhill bronze
medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Off the slopes, Miller often does not talk to the press about his private life,
but in the past has been romantically linked to professional log
Hoeschler in 2002. However,
the current love of his life is his daughter, Neesyn Dacey, about
whom Miller first volunteered information in a Web interview in
name is Neesyn Dacey, but everyone calls her Dacey. Her mom chose
Neesyn and I chose Dacey after she was born," said Miller.
He failed to identity his daughter's mother, however, only saying
"the mother is a good friend of mine who I was seeing a while
ago. We are no longer together."
More about Bode Miller around the Web:
US Ski Team - Bode
Miller - Information on his participation in the Olympic games, with facts about his training regimen and personal
observations on his medal-winning performances, career stats, photos and video.
Miller - Wikipedia - A complete profile detailing his
personal life, career lows and highs, with photos and related
references and resources.