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May 14, 2007

Bode Says F-U to US Team, Would Rather Party

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Former Olympic medalist and World Cup champion Bode Miller is leaving the U.S. ski team, ending his contentious relationship with the federation that oversees the sport in this country.

The fiercely independent Miller has been at odds with the association for years, and there long had been rumblings that he would leave the team. U.S. officials have been unhappy with Miller's late-night partying and his outlandish public comments...

The 29-year-old Miller won two silver medals at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, but was shut out at the 2006 Turin Games despite being a favorite in nearly every Alpine discipline. He was criticized for spending too much time in local clubs...

Miller told U.S. men's coach Phil McNichol of his decision to leave the team following a meeting at the headquarters of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association in Park City.

"Bode is a great athlete and we hope he will continue to have athletic success," U.S. Alpine director Jesse Hunt said in a statement released Saturday by the federation. "We had a serious discussion with Bode about his responsibilities as a team member, and he later advised us he was choosing not to join the team."...

"There have been a lot of specific issues out there -- the RV, alcohol issues and so forth," Kelly said in a telephone interview. "None of those were talking points in this meeting. This was about the philosophy of the team, what it means to be a member of the team."...

"In my mind, I'm better than any other racer," he said. "I've been racing against those guys for five, 10 years. Given equal conditions, I feel I can beat those guys any day."

He criticized the association for not coming to his defense at the Turin Olympics instead of offering a public apology for him.

"Everybody parties," Miller said. "There's too much emphasis on winning."

Miller entered the Turin Olympics as a major focus of attention, as much for his attitude as his talent after saying on CBS' "60 Minutes" program: "If you ever tried to ski wasted, it's not easy."

Although a flop on the slopes, he left the Games in an upbeat mood.

"It's been an awesome two weeks," he said at the time. "I got to party and socialize at an Olympic level."

As a skier, Bode is phenomenol. As a person, he leaves much to be desired. As a teammate and representative of our nation, he is a piece of trash.

He has a show on Sirius and spends his time talking about how much he likes European culture and prefers it over the US. A man that travels the world, shows no respect for his sport or the uniform he wears for the US, and would rather show up wasted than dedicate himself to upholding his reputation as a role model and most recognized US athlete in the sport is perhaps the reason why the world views Americans with so much disdain. Bode has it all. Money, fame, and so on. Yet instead of feeling privileged and greatful to his fans and country, he chooses to party his way through life.

What happens when he leaves skiing and there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to respect him? What happens when he fails to be a great athlete and is nothing more than a wealthy, famous American that does nothing but party?

Bode is Tara Reid, Paris Hilton, Courtney Love, and Robert Downey Jr. all rolled up into a skier. It is a disgusting waste that such a great athlete offers my kids who love skiing absolutely no role model at all.

Jeremy Bloom is someone to look up to. Bode is just an a-hole kid blessed with a lot of athletic talent. Maybe Dennis Rodman is a better comparison.

Posted by Justin at May 14, 2007 12:33 PM