Bode Miller Clinches His First Olympic Gold
The Olympic dreams of celebrated US athlete Bode Miller finally came true after winning his first career gold medal in the men’s super combined alpine skiing event of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.
“For my first Olympic gold, it was absolutely perfect,” he exclaimed.
The athlete clocked in a combined time of 2:44.92. That is 0.33 second faster than the 2:45.25 posted by silver medalist Ivica Kostelic of Croatia who was expected to win the event. The bronze medal went to Silvan Zurbriggen of Switzerland who timed in at 2:45.32.
With his win in the event, Miller’s Olympic record holds at 1-3-1. He won silver in the Super-G event and his first bronze at the Downhill event. He became one of only five skiers who have won medals in four different disciplines (combined, grand slalom, super-g and downhill). The other four are Anja Pärson, Kjetil André Aamodt, Janica Kostelic and Katja Seizinger.
He is a four time gold medalist in the World Championships and a two-time overall champion in the World Cup (2005 and 2008).
Miller, 32, first competed in the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. His first medal came in the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics. He took home two silvers at that time. He did not win any medals in the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics to the disappointment of spectators as he was hyped back then to rack in wins.
It was thought that Miller is on the brink of retirement after suffering some defeats and an injury during the last few years. When he made it to the 2010 Vancouver US team, he then tried to prepare very carefully to achieve his goal of getting an Olympic gold medal.