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WHISTLER, British Columbia – Between breaths, Bode Miller could hear the snarling, howling syllables behind him. Puffs of cold smoke were coming from the lips of his gruff, mustachioed hype-man, Pete Lavin, who was driving a final thought in Miller's brain: The moment had arrived. The final stage of Millermorphosis was at hand.
"I know you want this thing," Lavin growled, moments before Miller charged into the slalom leg of Sunday's super combined race. "You know you want this thing. Now go take it."
What happened next was, in Alpine terms, Miller's Olympic skiing opus – 51.01 seconds of frenetic zig-zagging bliss. A run that, when combined with his respectable downhill time from earlier in the day, deposited a gold medal into the last void in Miller's considerable résumé. That his legacy was made whole by a defining slalom run only seemed appropriate for this man and this moment. What better way to shake four years of otherRead More »from Millermorphosis: Bode finds balance, strikes gold