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Bode Miller

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Bode Miller (born 12 October 1977) is an American alpine skier. Born in Easton, New Hampshire, Miller first gained widespread recognition when he won two silver medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics, in the Giant Slalom and Combined. Growing up, Miller was homeschooled on 500 acres in the forests of New Hampshire without electricity or running water. During his high school years, Miller attended the Carrabassett Valley Academy in Maine where he also played tennis and soccer. Miller is known for his reckless style and is just as likely to win a race as he is to crash.

In the 2002/2003 season, Miller sought the overall FIS World Cup title, but fell just short, finishing second to Austrian Stephan Eberharter. In the 2003/2004 season, he won FIS World Cup titles in two disciplines: Giant Slalom and Combined, but placed 4th in the competition for the overall title. In the 2004/2005 season, Miller won his first overall FIS World Cup title, defeating Austrians Benjamin Raich and Hermann Maier. Miller also won the 2005 FIS World Cup title in Super-G and was second in both Downhill and Giant Slalom.

In the 2004/2005 season, Miller also made history by winning at least one race in each of the four standard disciplines: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G, and Downhill. In 1989, Marc Girardelli of Luxembourg became the first man to accomplish this feat. By winning a slalom in Sestrieres, Italy, on December 13, 2004, Miller became the second. The victory was his sixth of the season after only ten races.

Miller has historically fared well at the FIS World Ski Championships. At the 2003 Ski Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, he won three medals: gold in Giant Slalom and combined, and silver in Super-G. At the 2005 FIS World Ski Championships in Bormio, Italy he won two gold medals: in Super-G and in Downhill.

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