Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Medal No. 2 for 'Good Bode'

WHISTLER, British Columbia — Maybe it's because his mom is here watching, but Bode the Bad has morphed into Bode the Good at these Winter Olympics.

Bode Miller, the talented, free-spirited American who disappointed and misbehaved at the 2006 Games in Turin, Italy, has been a reborn skier and a perfect guest in Canada.

Miller won a second medal Friday, improving on the downhill bronze he had captured with silver in the super-giant slalom at Whistler Creekside. Fellow American Andrew Weibrecht took the bronze, giving the United States a seventh multiple-medal event at these Games.

Both were beaten by Norwegian veteran Aksel Lund Svindal, who sped down an icy course, which one Canadian skier called "a hockey rink with a 45-degree slope," in 1 minute, 30.34 seconds, 0.28 seconds quicker than Miller.

And when Svindal crossed the finish line, this new, mellower Miller applauded his rival's accomplishment, and he later gave the victor a bear hug. It was a different look for Miller, who was the ugly American at Turin, partying late, dissing the media, and fizzling and fuming on the slopes. "I'm older now," he said, "a little more mature."

Admittedly nervous before Sunday's downhill, perhaps because he knew the redemption he sought would not come easily, Miller said he was calm and relaxed before the super-G, which combines the speed of a downhill and the turns of a giant slalom.

"The feeling I had was like I felt coming into the Olympics, like I had the right stuff," Miller said. "It was great. Everything felt real good. I skied really aggressive."

Miller's somewhat surprising success has made this, with several events to go, the most successful Olympics for American skiers.

The six medals they've won top the record five they amassed at Sarajevo in 1984. And Miller's four — with 2002 silvers in giant slalom and super-combined, he has medaled in four events — now rank him No. 1 among all U.S. skiers.

"It's like a chain reaction," Weibrecht said. "One guy on the team has a good day, and that makes everyone else feel more confident, more relaxed, more competitive."

The course was made lightning quick by water that officials had injected into it overnight to get a more even, more consistent surface, and veterans like Miller and Svindal seemed to handle it more effectively than their younger counterparts, several of whom crashed.

Patrik Jaerbyn, a 40-year-old Swede, went head over heels after catching a gate with a ski and skidded before a protective gate stopped him. He was taken by helicopter to a hospital. Swedish team doctor Per Liljeholm said he had a mild concussion and some amnesia but no sign of a spinal injury.

Medal No. 2 for 'Good Bode' 02/19/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:17pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. LSU's Paul Mainieri defends FSU's Mike Martin; Gators play Friday


    OMAHA, Neb. — LSU coach Paul Mainieri says whether Florida State's Mike Martin ever wins a national championship should have no bearing on how his long career in college baseball is judged.

    MADE IT: TCU’s Josh Watson beats the tag of Louisville catcher Colby Fitch during Thursday’s late College World Series game.
  2. Lightning fans, don't get attached to your first-round draft picks

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — When Lightning GM Steve Yzerman announces his first-round pick tonight in the amateur draft at No. 14, he'll invite the prospect onto the stage for the once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity.

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) eludes  Montreal Canadiens left wing Phillip Danault (24) during the second period of Wednesday???‚??„?s (12/28/16) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  3. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman also has top-9 wing on his wish list

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — Much has been made about the Lightning's interest in bolstering its blue line, even after last week's acquisition of defense prospect Mikhail Sergachev.

    Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman gestures as he speaks to the media about recent trades during a news conference before an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning, over the past few days, have traded goaltender Ben Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings, forward Brian Boyle to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and forward Valtteri Filppula to the Philadelphia Flyers. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TPA101
  4. Peter Budaj loves 'vibe' with Lightning


    Two years ago, nobody was willing to give Peter Budaj a shot, the veteran goalie wondering if he'd ever play in the NHL again.

    Peter Budaj signed a two-year extension with the Lightning, worth $1.025 million per year.