Bode Miller out, Lindsey Vonn returns

Lindsey Vonn is eyeing a return to World Cup racing. Photo: Lindsey Vonn

Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn are the faces of American skiing, the winningest skiers in United States history and they’re currently on opposite trajectories.

While Miller recently announced he will be sitting this World Cup season out, Vonn is on the verge of returning to skiing after a recent ankle injury.

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As reported by POWDER, Bode Miller recently announced that he would be taking the season off from World Cup ski racing.

Instead, Miller plans to spend more time with his family, including his newborn son, and dive into his passion of horse racing. He and a business partner own and train 15 horses, one of which took fourth place at the Maryland Million Nursery Stakes on Saturday.

“Each one of these horses is like my kid,” Miller was quoted as telling the Associated Press. “When you really invest yourself and your energy into an animal, you’re much more invested in the outcome.”

While he said he would love to be able to share his racing career with his newborn, and didn’t say he was officially retiring, he did cast doubts about whether he would aim to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

“It would be a cool thing to share with your kids, competing at a high level,” Miller, who turned 38 last week, said last Thursday. “And fitness-wise, my body feels excellent. You never know, but I would say it’s really unlikely I’d go in ’18.”

While Miller made waves by announcing a hiatus, Vonn sent shockwaves through the skiing community by announcing the end of a hiatus.

“Excited to announce that I am heading to Europe tomorrow and will be back on snow on Thursday!” Vonn captioned an Instagram post Monday, a day after turning 31-years-old.

Despite fracturing her ankle barely two months ago in training, Vonn has managed to fight back yet again from injury and has been cleared to resume skiing.

She will travel to the Austrian resort of Soelden on Tuesday, ahead of Saturday's season opening giant slalom, though she told USA Today that getting back to racing this weekend might be too aggressive.

"It definitely would be aggressive and asking a lot of me and my ankle,” she told the newspaper. “But it feels really good … I don't want to 100% rule it out, but I'd say it's more likely than not that I wouldn't race."

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