Five-time Olympian Bode Miller, the most decorated Olympic skier in U.S. history, will not pursue a sixth Olympic appearance in PyeongChang in 2018.
Miller’s future was the subject of speculation for some time. He last raced in February 2015 when he crashed in the super-G at the world championships and severed a right hamstring tendon. Last year he was involved in a lawsuit with his former ski manufacturer that contributed to his absence from the racing circuit. Then he was not listed among the nominees for the 2017-18 U.S. alpine world cup squad when the team announced its roster in May, but men’s coach Sasha Rearick said the team was open to Miller’s return should he choose to make an attempt.
As recently as last March, Miller was quoted as saying there was a “60-40” chance he’d attempt to compete in the next Olympics. Instead, Miller, who recently turned 40, will join NBC Sports in PyeongChang as an analyst.
“It had kind of been a long time coming,” Miller told NBC Sports on Tuesday. “But just with my kids and the time and life, when I look at skiing now, I don’t really feel like I have anything, the motivation, the desire, the everything to kind of go through it again.”
Miller ends his racing career with one gold, three silver and two bronze medals at the Olympics since making his Olympic debut at age 20 at the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. He most recently won a bronze medal in the super-G in Sochi in 2014, becoming the oldest Olympic skier to medal.
Miller was also an eight-time participant and five-time medalist at the world championships and accumulated 33 world cup victories, becoming one of only five men to win world cup races in all five disciplines. He won the overall world cup title in 2005 and again in 2008.