The SnowBrains Podcast | Episode #14 | Bode Miller – The Winningest American Male Ski Racer of All-Time

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This week we bring you, Bode Miller. In this episode, Bode & Miles discuss skiing in the Olympics, skiing on the World Cup, losing friends in the mountains, throwing a 360º in competition, his “CBS 60-minutes” hung-over skiing controversy, the dangers of ski racing, and much more.

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On Fear:

“I don’t think I have a lot of fear. I think I’m very respectful of the mountains and understand the danger that’s inherently there. The unpredictable nature of being in the mountains and snow conditions and I think I have a healthy dose of awareness, but I wouldn’t call it fear. It’s more understanding that you’re constantly putting yourself in environments that are unforgiving. Fear is more of a mindset. I don’t consider myself afraid.”

– Bode Miller

Bode Miller is the winningest American male ski racer of all time. Bode has won six Olympic Medals – one of them a gold medal. He’s podiumed 79 times on the World Cup, with 33 of those podiums being 1st place. He’s won two World Cup Overall Titles. He’s one of only five men in history to have won world cup events in all five alpine ski disciplines. And he’s the only skier with five or more victories in each discipline. What I found out in this podcast is that Bode is a general all-around mountain badass who has been almost everywhere and done almost everything in the mountains, including getting caught in gnarly avalanches, throwing misty 720s and double front flips, and losing over 50 friends and acquaintances in the mountains. His stories are one of a kind, and so is he.

On Danger:

“When I was eight, I was following two local ski bums who I guess I would call them my friends, but they were 20 years older than me probably. I don’t know that they would have called me their friend at that time. But I just chased them around the mountain all the time. I watched a guy walk out of a pair of MRR bindings, old markers and go straight into a beach tree at like 50 miles an hour. No helmet. I was the first one there because I was just 200 yards behind him, and he was just exploded. His head was just apart, still bubbling breath. That was a pretty nasty eye-opener. He passed away while I was right there.”

– Bode Miller

Bode Miller answers these heavy questions:

  • Which ski racing discipline is your favorite and why?
  • How dangerous is ski racing?
  • I’ve heard you say in the past: “I’m amazed more people don’t die ski racing.”
  • What makes you say that?
  • How do ski racers make money? Is a good system in place?
  • I recently watched the movie “American Downhiller,” and they really focused on the rivalry between Americans and Europeans in male world cup ski racing. What did you experience in your ski racing career in Europe?
  • Are you the only ski racer in history to have thrown a 360º on the racecourse in a World Cup competition?
  • Are performance-enhancing drugs prevalent in ski racing?
  • What was it like partying in the Olympic Village?
  • Have you ever been in an avalanche? What happened?
  • What’s your biggest accomplishment in life?
  • What challenges you most intellectually daily?
  • What’s your favorite book or books?
  • More…

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The SnowBrains Podcast | Episode #14 | Bode Miller – The Winningest American Male Ski Racer of All-Time

Recorded on February 8th, 2021, in Jackson Hole, WY (Miles Clark) and Big Sky, MT (Bode Miller).

Robert Wilkinson edited this episode.

Music by Chad Crouch.

Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark.

The SnowBrains Podcast. Skier: Miles Clark. Location: Jackson Hole, WY. Photo: Sasha Motivala.  Date:  March 2020

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3 thoughts on “The SnowBrains Podcast | Episode #14 | Bode Miller – The Winningest American Male Ski Racer of All-Time

  1. Bode Miller, his life and how he has lived it so far, is inspiring me to live mine honestly.
    I am a Master ski racer (started skiing late in life); Bode’s attitude towards skiing gives me courage.
    Thank you for sharing this podcast.

  2. Thanks for coming to our pod casting class Miles. I really enjoyed the first interview I heard here on Snow Brains . . . with Bode Miller. You are an inspriation!

    1. Hello Diane, Wow, thank you so much for the kind words! I had a blast being a guest speaker in your class yesterday. It was an honor. Have a great day

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