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Bode calls it a season, will sit out World Cup finals

post #1 of 31
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Bode's latest blog entry says it all: "Skipping World Cup Finals" (UniversalSports.com).

Seems like he wanted to end his season on a high note and let his ankle heal, spend time with his daughter and enjoy his houseboat. Can't argue with that. He's still undecided on a 2010-2011 campaign.
Edited by songfta - 3/9/10 at 7:13am
post #2 of 31
Bummer for us spectators, but he deserves it.

He put in a tremendous showing at the O's.

Good on ya, Bode!
post #3 of 31
Wonder if he will retire...would be the right time all things considered.
post #4 of 31
He needs to heal up.  Then what's left?  A downhill championship.  Maybe he will focus on that.
post #5 of 31
I think he comes back to take another shot at the downhill cup. And he'll be well paid to do so.
post #6 of 31
Anyone surprised that someone who took three medals at Vancouver is done for the season? Hell, I'd love to end a season on a good note like that.
post #7 of 31
I would luv too see him continue next season.  His skiing looked great all season & the DH cup is a carrot he may be interested in.
JF
post #8 of 31
Every body deteriorates at a different pace.  Walchhofer, Buechel & Cuche, are still going at it.  But the way Bode was gasping for breath and grabbing his legs at the Olympics makes me think he may be done for good.  I hope not because he is both a great skier and great theatre.  But ankles that need shots don't always heal properly, and knees never  get better with age. The swelling always gets worse. Those eight gates he ran in the Olympic SL may be his last.  The fact that he skied through all that pain without complaining is as impressive as his success.
post #9 of 31
Glad to see all the posts 'positive' after the nasty neg's in the press of presses past, and those stupid, over-simplified three-question 'interviews'. Way to shut them up, Bode.
Anyone, with - what ?- 400 WC starts in races where a fart can blow you out of a course or put you fifth, gets anytime off or time's up he wants. I sure would have liked to see him in he last couple of races and the WC Championships.
post #10 of 31
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Originally Posted by quant2325 View Post

Every body deteriorates at a different pace.  Walchhofer, Buechel & Cuche, are still going at it.  But the way Bode was gasping for breath and grabbing his legs at the Olympics makes me think he may be done for good.  I hope not because he is both a great skier and great theatre.  But ankles that need shots don't always heal properly, and knees never  get better with age. The swelling always gets worse. Those eight gates he ran in the Olympic SL may be his last.  The fact that he skied through all that pain without complaining is as impressive as his success.

I think you're right on the money. He's been in a lot of pain for quite a while. This ankle has been very problematic for at least two, and possibly three seasons. He's put his body through a lot, skiing more starts than anybody for many seasons, and skiing the way he has. Given his very honest desire to ski his best, every run, I don't see Bode as wanting to "hang on."  Not knowing the details of his injuries, perhaps if he takes a fairly short break, begins a new therapy and conditioning program, he'll be back. But if he hangs it up, and walks away, he's still be the most successful male alpine racer that the US has produced. And probably more important to Bode, in the eyes of his peers he's done things that nobody else has. Most associated with the WC agree that nobody has ever generated as much pure speed as Bode.

Tremendously impressed with this season, and with Vancouver. Class act, and very tough athlete.
post #11 of 31
Maybe he'll become the Director of Skiing at Cannon. Kinda like Billy Kidd at Steamboat. I can see the sign....."Bode is skiing today". "Join him at the top of the Tram for a run at 1 PM. "

That would be coool!

I wish him good luck whatever he decides.
post #12 of 31
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Maybe he'll become the Director of Skiing at Cannon. Kinda like Billy Kidd at Steamboat. I can see the sign....."Bode is skiing today". "Join him at the top of the Tram for a run at 1 PM to 1.01.02PM. "
 

there fixed it for you
post #13 of 31
I like Bode as much as anyone, but is he hurt so badly? I don't know. You could kind of see this coming, and fair enough, after the Olympics and all. But for fans of the World Cup, it's a little deflating to see the big names pulling out for the rest of the season.
post #14 of 31
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I like Bode as much as anyone, but is he hurt so badly? I don't know. You could kind of see this coming, and fair enough, after the Olympics and all. But for fans of the World Cup, it's a little deflating to see the big names pulling out for the rest of the season.

I dont think its so much of a matter of him being so hurt then he is just done.   He was hinting at retirement recently, but I am sure freinds and family told him in order to be considered one of the greatest by the non ski race fan, he has to make up for Torino big time.  So he did....case closed.   I will be surprised if he goes onto another season.  "One foot is already on my boat"....not the attitude of someone who wants to ski race....and I dont think he is the type to do anything unless he is 100% into it.  He'll make plenty of money now with the Olympic gold for years to come, no need to bust his ass and risk his life ski racing with an aging and achy body.  But if he keeps with his excellent performance for another season.....it would be great.
post #15 of 31
To be one of the greatest, you need  to win the DH championship.

EDIT: I meant to say FIS World Cup DH TITLE!
Edited by Ghost - 3/11/10 at 6:30pm
post #16 of 31

Sure he could go for a DH globe, or a DH championship but I suppose he knows his condition and desires better than we do.

Bending to peer pressure and racing to satisfy others is no fun and is dangerous. Choosing to retire when you are on top and can still ski and enjoy life is sensible and honorable.

post #17 of 31
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To be one of the greatest, you need  to win the DH championship.
 
He is the only man alive or dead to win at least 5 races is every modern discipline.  Based upon your faulty logic, Stenmark, Giardeli, Thoni, Zubriggen and even Hermann Maier are not amongst the greatest because they haven't won a Globe in every disipline.  Who, then, is left?
Edited by quant2325 - 3/11/10 at 4:46pm
post #18 of 31
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To be one of the greatest, you need  to win the DH championship.

Bode Miller won the World Championship Downhill in 2005.
post #19 of 31
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpine_Skiing_World_Cup_Men

Michael Walchhofer won the DH in 2005.
post #20 of 31
I suppose it depends on what exactly you mean by "modern disciplines," but Jean Claude Killy won 5+ in every discipline  that existed pre-1982 and he did it in only two seasons, and short ones at that (since they were the first two seasons the World Cup existed).

He won:
5 of 10 slaloms,
6 of 8 downhills
7 of 9 GSs
(including in each case the Olympic gold medal). He also won the World Championship DH at Portillo in '66.

Back to Bode, I think people are being a bit confusing with their terminology. Bode indeed won the World Championship DH in 2005. What he hasn't won is a World Cup DH title.

In any event, I don't agree that "greatest" requires that you win a DH title of any sort.
post #21 of 31
Thanks for the correction.  The DH title is what I meant to say.  There is only one North American man to win a "World Cup Downhill Title".  Though Bode did win a couple of SGs.  That has to count for something.   BTW, congratulations to Didier and Eric Guay.  They've already got the DH and SG sewn up this year. 
post #22 of 31
Bode Miller won the World Championship Downhill in 2005. Daron Rahlves was second, Walchhofer third.
post #23 of 31
Sorry to bring back a slightly dead thread but there is one thing Bode doesn't have that I think would be better than a FIS DH title(although it could help him get one) Bode should come back for a Hahnenkamm downhill win, that is the one major race I would want in my win column  for a complete career.
post #24 of 31
A World Championship gold is not a World Cup season Globe
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Bode Miller won the World Championship Downhill in 2005. Daron Rahlves was second, Walchhofer third.
post #25 of 31
No knock on Bode, but I think this is the way to close out an Olympic season:



(Julia Mancuso taking 3rd place on the Bec des Rosses at the Verbier extreme)
post #26 of 31
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Originally Posted by cometjo View Post

No knock on Bode, but I think this is the way to close out an Olympic season:


(Julia Mancuso taking 3rd place on the Bec des Rosses at the Verbier extreme)

Indeed! I second you (BTW this should deserve/have deserved a thread by itself).
post #27 of 31
I could swear that she's on slalom skis....???

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Originally Posted by cometjo View Post

No knock on Bode, but I think this is the way to close out an Olympic season:

...

(Julia Mancuso taking 3rd place on the Bec des Rosses at the Verbier extreme)
post #28 of 31
I doubt it, race skis don't float that well, they not enough flexn (Not to mention lack of surface area). 

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I could swear that she's on slalom skis....???
 


 
post #29 of 31
is this called slarving the way she ski the top portion ?
post #30 of 31
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Originally Posted by Virtus_Probi View Post

I could swear that she's on slalom skis....???

 



 


it doesn't go down quite the same way on race skis.

http://extreme.com/freeski/1011493/didier-defago-on-the-bec-des-rosses
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