Thursday, January 05, 2006

It's Miller Time

In a move sure to spawn SADD (skier’s against drunk down-hilling), U.S. skier Bode Miller admits on an upcoming 60 Minutes that he has competed while blitzed. As if blazing down a frozen hill on two twigs at 60 mph isn’t challenging enough, Miller has added the thrill of coctails between runs.

"Talk about a hard challenge right there. ... If you ever tried to ski when you're wasted, it's not easy," Miller told "60 Minutes" for a segment that will air Sunday. "Try and ski a slalom when ... you hit a gate less than every one second, so it's risky. You're putting your life at risk. ... It's like driving drunk, only there are no rules about it in ski racing."

There don’t seem to be many rules in Miller’s life these days anyway. As the Winter Olympics approach, he’s already threatened to quit the current World Cup after being fined for not taking a boot test following a race. He’s been an outspoken critic of the tour’s drug rules, deeming them too strict and “a joke”.

Heck if you’re not buzzed, wasted and free riding, then you’re just not living. Probably the most bewildering comments Miller makes on the show have to do with his opportunity to clean up in Turin.

"Whether somebody wants me to get five gold medals or whatever it is, I sort of feel like they are all other people's concerns and issues, not really mine. ... I don't really care what everybody else says," he said.

Uh, aren’t skiing events all timed? Put the bong down for a second Bode. You’re not Johhny Moseley for crying out loud.

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