I Like Bode Miller

Miller of the U.S. clears a gate during the men's alpine skiing Super-G competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

I loved this Slate piece on Bode Miller called What NBC Missed about Bode Miller by Focusing on His Dead Brother. I watched on Sunday as Bode Miller screamed down the mountain and dug in with his edges, butt hovering inches above the blurred snow. Then I cringed in empathetic agony while Christin Cooper, the NBC reporter, badgered Miller about his deceased brother in his post-race interview. In the Super-G, Miller took the bronze, making him the oldest alpine skiier to ever win a medal. He’s the most successful American male alpine skiier ever. EVER.


Anyway… the Slate article is badass, as is this quote from Bode Miller himself. I’m not a daredevil at all, but I do share the notion of wringing as much out of life as possible.

But is the whole goal of life preserving your life as long as you can? No. The goal is to enjoy your life, to challenge yourself, to sometimes make stupid decisions, which are sometimes fun and sometimes idiotic and sometimes just a big, fat mistake that you regret. But the reason for it all is enjoyment; that’s the reason for life. It is not that I don’t recognize the danger in ski racing but that I don’t fear the consequences. I mean, what’s the worst that can happen? You die, I guess. You’re all alone and you don’t know anything. You’re all done.


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  • Pirate Jeni says:

    I swear… I have gotten to really really dislike sportcasters. I was very upset when she basically hounded the poor guy.

    • noblepower says:

      that was painful to watch, wasn’t it? Did she really think she was doing some great reporting there, asking him questions that 1) were completely tasteless and 2) the answers were obvious? I thought I hated the usual “So how does this win/loss make you feel?” She brought the inane post-race questioning to a new low.

  • Oh my goodness, that interview had me jumping out of my skin. I think I actually yelled, “leave him alone!!” at the TV at one point. Ugh!

  • Mel says:

    A friend from college used to be in tight with the US Ski/Snowboard team, and she said he was a really nice guy. So… 🙂 just sayin’ that he’s a good guy. 🙂

  • Venetta Smith says:

    I was thinking, “just get off his daggum back!” Poor poor job NBC.

  • Danielle C says:

    I liked him before I saw what he’s trying to do to his baby mama. Not nice or productive for the child. That said, this interviewer was completely out of line.