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Bode Dries Up

post #1 of 22
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... or is it "dries out"?


http://www.bostonherald.com/track/in...icleid=1033655

Big year for Bode. A sober, focused racing machine ... if it isn't too late, it will be a thing of beauty to watch. (As if it wasn't before.)

Good luck B-man!
post #2 of 22
wondering if perhaps some unfortunate family-related events over the past couple years might've contributed to this decision.

at any rate, a strong move in a positive direction.

i have no idea how heavy his drinking has been but, off the sauce, he may find that inner fire burns a little brighter, a little stronger. channel that and look out.

go bode.
post #3 of 22
But maybe he had been running on liquid courage....we shall soon find out.
post #4 of 22
Hey, even as is to date the guy's been a phenomenal success. What, about 20 World Cup wins? Handful of individual cups? An overall cup? Know how many guys have won more than one World Cup? Hell, Alberto Tomba and Kjetl Andre Aamodt only won once each. Three, four World Championship golds? Two Olympic medals? Sure, no golds. But Marc frickin' Ghiradelli never won an Olympic gold. Lasse friggin' Kjus only snagged one, in the Combined no less. One of how many guys to win races in every event? This guy is an all-time great by any standard.
post #5 of 22
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This guy is an all-time great by any standard.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Sept 26, 2007

Get over the Gold guys, just get over the Gold.

Cheers,

CP
post #6 of 22
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wondering if perhaps some unfortunate family-related events over the past couple years might've contributed to this decision.
yup.

also, wondering if perhaps some unfortunate sponsor-related or insurance-related events over the past couple months might've contributed as well. if you were putting up money or accepting risk for team bode, wouldn't you want a sobriety clause in the papers? (because there ain't no sanity clause ....)

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at any rate, a strong move in a positive direction.
agreed.
post #7 of 22
Bode is a great athlete and his performance on the circuit is legendary. I hope he has recognized how important he is to skiing and made the changes that will make him feel worthy of the esteem that people hold for him.
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by ts01 View Post
yup.

also, wondering if perhaps some unfortunate sponsor-related or insurance-related events over the past couple months might've contributed as well. if you were putting up money or accepting risk for team bode, wouldn't you want a sobriety clause in the papers? (because there ain't no sanity clause ....)



agreed.
That would be a tough reason to motivate someone to quit. I hope he has made this decision for himself, not for his sponsors, his coaches, the money...for himself.

Richie-Rich mentioned liquid courage. How much has he relied on the drink?

Plenty of Bode bashing over the past few seasons. I hope people will give him credit for trying to deal with the chaos that seems to follow him. This decision shows that he realizes he has made bad choices. I wish him all the best.
post #9 of 22
Bode's technique isn't what I would want to teach young racers, but he's sure fun to watch. In regards to what he's drinking, more power if he is off the sauce. By the way, isn't there a liquid courage Sobe?
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
But maybe he had been running on liquid courage....we shall soon find out.
I gotta say, I find this to be an offensive comment. To go from someone admitting that they had occasionally celebrated so much after a race that they hadn't quite sobered up by the next morning to implying that they depended on alcohol to be able to face racing is a HUGE, completely unjustified leap.

Maybe you should go back to working on your bump technique.
post #11 of 22
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I gotta say, I find this to be an offensive comment. To go from someone admitting that they had occasionally celebrated so much after a race that they hadn't quite sobered up by the next morning to implying that they depended on alcohol to be able to face racing is a HUGE, completely unjustified leap.

Maybe you should go back to working on your bump technique.
I didnt know Bode Miller was on these forums. Sorry Mr. Miller I meant no offense.

You misunderstood my comment. I was not accusing, I was throwing out a possibility (it is a possiblity, not probable, but possible nevertheless). I am a huge Bode fan, check my posts, I refer to him often.

As far as my bump technique, thats niether here nor there since I have no technique to speak of at this time; that is the whole problem.
post #12 of 22
R-R--

Sorry for the dig, and the misinterpretation--I do get annoyed with the amount of sh*t Bodie gets, IMHO undeserved, so glad to hear you are a fan.
post #13 of 22
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R-R--

Sorry for the dig, and the misinterpretation--I do get annoyed with the amount of sh*t Bodie gets, IMHO undeserved, so glad to hear you are a fan.
I too am a huge fan. To me he's the most unique skier ever. Analagous to John McEnroe, a one-of kind. You can't learn from him, because only he can win doing what he does. You just watch and shake your head.
post #14 of 22
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... occasionally celebrated...

...to implying that they depended on alcohol to be able to face racing is a HUGE, completely unjustified leap.
It sounds to me like you are saying that he is quitting for political reasons. Maybe he feels that he has a problem with drinking.
post #15 of 22
Perhaps Johno or one of the other advisors got through to him. Getting into and staying in peak physical form doesn't get any easier as you age, and if he wants to prove his point he needs to put everything he has into it.

I'm betting his Super G and downhill really shine this year, while his GS may suffer like his SL has. If he decides to opt out of SL, I think his results overall will improve.
post #16 of 22
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Bode's technique isn't what I would want to teach young racers,
Why not, Most of the World cup field has copied his slalom technique Already!! Now they are as fast as he was.
Do you have you're young racers emulate Ligety (who is copying Bode)
post #17 of 22
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Why not, Most of the World cup field has copied his slalom technique Already!! Now they are as fast as he was.
Do you have you're young racers emulate Ligety (who is copying Bode)
You know, Nord. I've been giving that statement some thought since I posted it. It may not be textbook technique, but it works. If one can use Bode's slalom technique, more power to him/her.

Dennis
post #18 of 22
"Textbook technique" was proven to be slow in WC slalom last season. Not even Mr Textbook was skiing textbook

http://www.imagecross.com/myspace-im...n_1280_800.jpg
post #19 of 22
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"Textbook technique" was proven to be slow in WC slalom last season. Not even Mr Textbook was skiing textbook
Kept catching his tip, double vision:
post #20 of 22
The Boston-Herald article better belongs in the National Enquirer where they have been writing about "Liz's last days" for decades now and GWB's impending divorce (Laura's giving him the boot, its in the Enquirer).

Let's face it, drinking and partying is not exactly unheard of among skiers on the World Cup tour and neither are dalliances with members of the opposite sex. Most of these guys are in their 20's for goodness sake. However, I don't suspect that any of the top athletes at the World Cup level would remain competitive if they had a drinking problem.

Bode Miller's reference to skiing "wasted" had to do with skiing hung-over in a SL race that no longer mattered to him since the title had been decided. It may not be anything to crow about and better left unsaid, but these stories just seem grow with each retelling to the point of absurdity. At least a few of his critics are more likely abusing Viagra.

Miller will be 30 next week. His best days as a SL skier may well be behind him. However, in the speed events, at least, he will likely remain a contender if he chooses to be for several more seasons- whether one chooses to like him or not. Whether Bode Miller feels that he has something more to prove now that he is skiing independently of the US Ski Team is something I don't know and neither does the Boston-Herald, I don't suspect.
post #21 of 22
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Kept catching his tip, double vision:
If you look at the picture it's Benni Raich making a slalom turn with his inside hand on the snow. Benni is copying Bode!!
post #22 of 22

Big deal

I've quit drinking about 20 times!:
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