Skiers Bode Miller and Ted Ligety, the last two Olympic champions in the super combined, failed to make the podium Friday, finishing sixth and 12th respectively.
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During the primetime broadcast, NBC had a microphone on Miller and his wife Morgan as the two discussed his slalom run that completed his sixth-place finish.
Bode: “I needed a good, aggressive, clean run. I just didn’t…”
Morgan: “I need some positivity out of you.”
Bode: “I know, but that’s just…”
Morgan: “You finished the slalom. You’ve struggled to finish the slalom all year. That’s awesome.”
Bode: “I fought hard, but it just wasn’t good.”
Morgan: “Hun, that’s what this is about. You fought hard and that’s all that matters.”
Gotta love Morgan Miller’s positive attitude despite knowing that her husband has had a miserable Olympics so far. Miller looked so great in his training but has been a flop in competition. At 36 years old, this is probably Miller’s final Olympic Games. The super-G on Sunday is his final chance to medal.
Ligety was equally as candid when speaking -- in an actual NBC interview -- about his super combined struggles.
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“Yeah, really it’s a choke to put it simply,” said Ligety, who also competes in the super-G on Sunday. “I saw the guys going out, and I could have easily skied a lot better and a lot harder. It was actually an easy course set, easy snow to push on, and I just skied way too conservatively. It’s a lesson learned and move on. It’s definitely a bummer, but that’s ski racing sometimes.”
Perhaps these disappointments will be enough to shake America’s top skiers out of their funks and put them on the medal stands where everyone expected them to be all along.
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