Apparently as ambivalent as ever about the Olympics, Bode Miller nevertheless will participate in his third Winter Games, shortly before he embarks on an announced attempt to qualify for the 2010 U.S. Open tennis championships. (More on that later.)
Miller, now 32, does have some medal potential, most likely in the Super-G, though he no longer is the poster boy for the U.S. team as in 2006, when he was reigning World Cup overall champion. As with the entire U.S. team, which entered the 2006 Turin Olympics boasting a "Best in the World" slogan but left with only two medals, Miller failed to live of to his billing - never coming close to a medal - and eventually left the national team to train and compete on his own for two years.
At the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, he had won silver but argued that the Olympics couldn't compare with the World Cup tour and waffled about even entering Turin. He said a gold medal was neither his expectation nor his ultimate goal; in the end, that didn't sound like reverse psychology.
Still, he will try again. Then will sign up for a sectional qualifying tennis tournament in the spring; under a new U.S. Tennis Association system, that theoretically could lead to a wild-card berth at the Open. Miller's credentials include a high school state singles title in Maine in 1996 and ownership of a tennis camp in New Hampshire.
Meanwhile, skiers from Canada, Austria, Norway and Switzerland have high expectations in Vancouver.