Six-time Olympic medal-winning skier Bode Miller has been out of action for most of 2015, but the 38-year-old star conceded Wednesday that a return may be on the horizon.
According to the Associated Press (h/t NBC Olympic Talk), the 2010 Vancouver Games super combined gold medalist revealed the odds are in favor of him returning to action in some capacity due largely to his new business relationship with Bomber Ski:
I don't commit to coming back. But I don't commit to quitting, either. But I think that there's a good likelihood that I do a few races, because of the benefits of Bomber. It's going to be an exciting time with a new company.
I think there's enough benefit for me inside of that, that it really is worthwhile. How it goes down, I don't know.
Miller has been on the shelf since February after crashing in the super-G in Beaver Creek, Colorado, and undergoing surgery for a leg injury.
He was scheduled to take part in a training run on Wednesday on the very same hill that put him on the injured list 10 months ago.
An official decision regarding his future has yet to be made, but if the Easton, New Hampshire, native does make a comeback in competitive skiing, it won't be as a full-time World Cup skier.
"The commitment for my family is pretty extreme these days," Miller said. "But I can see doing some racing. I'm never going to do the full circuit again—that's way too time-consuming and demanding. I need to manage how that all goes down."
Even if Miller decides to only compete in races here and there, he still believes he is capable of running well and potentially even winning.
"There's no question I have the ability to win," Miller said. "There are young skiers out there who are fit and hungry and charging and that's the way it always is. The kids are good. But yeah, I have no doubt I can still be relevant. It's just a matter of managing it with the rest of my priorities."
Miller is one of the most decorated American skiers of all time, but when asked in October about the possibility of competing in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, he was down on the idea, per the Associated Press (h/t NBC Olympic Talk).
"It would be a cool thing to share with your kids, competing at a high level," Miller said. "And fitness-wise, my body feels excellent. You never know, but I would say it's really unlikely I'd go in '18."
Miller has defied the odds before as he surprised many by winning bronze in super-G at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The fact that Miller is open to a return to skiing gives fans of the sport a sliver of hope that the Olympics could be a possibility, but he has very little left to prove at this point in his career.
Even if Miller never skis on the world's biggest stage again, it is fair to say that the five-time world championship gold medalist is among the most successful male skiers of his era.
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