On Tuesday morning in Sochi, Bode Miller spoke publicly for the first time since his disastrous performance in the Olympic downhill event. Expected to reach the podium, the five-time medalist finished eighth. He outlined several reasons for his failure, but firmly placed the blame on his own shoulders.
Miller cited three primary reasons for his failure:
• Skiing too aggressively. "I think I skied as hard as I could," he said. "I couldn't have taken any more risk. Maybe I could have taken less, but that's hard to ask of a racer on Olympic downhill race day."
• Choosing a too-edgy pair of skis, which weren't quite right for a course softened by warmer weather.
• Poor eyesight in the cloudy conditions. "I was supposed to get an eye surgery earlier this year," Miller said, according to USA Today. "We just never found a time to do it because the race schedule was so tight. We were pretty pissed off looking back that we hadn't found a time to do that. For me, my vision is critical. When the light's perfect, I can ski with any of the best guys in the world. When it goes out, my particular style suffers more than the guys who are more stable and don't do as much in the middle of the turn."
In the end, though, Miller knew that the responsibility lies with him first and foremost. He next takes to the slopes for Friday's men's super-combined.
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