American ski racer Bode Miller, who is widely regarded as the greatest ski racer in American history and is known for his all-out racing style, severed his hamstring tendon in a gruesome crash on the Super-G course at the FIS World Championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado, on Thursday.
He was more than a half second ahead of the next fastest racer when he clipped a gate with his left shoulder and tumbled down the course gashing his right calf and severing his right hamstring tendon. There are bloody, bloody photos floating around the Internet, if you care to search for them. He had it surgically repaired at the Vail Valley Medical Center that afternoon, and was chipper enough to tweet from his hospital bed, but now his season, and the future of his ski career, is in question.
Miller is a two-time World Cup champion and a six-time Olympic medalist, including a gold medal. Last year he became the oldest American skier to medal at the Olympics, when he got a bronze in Super-G at the Sochi games. He's an exciting, but polarizing, skier to watch because of his all-or-nothing racing style, and his run at Beaver Creek was par for the course until he blew up.
This was his first race of the season. He'd been recovering from back surgery in November and hadn't been racing, and now, it begs the question whether 37-year-old Miller will keep racing. He'd previously expressed reservations about racing next season because of his back.
Picabo Street, the 1998 Olympic super-G champion, told the Denver Post that she had a feeling it might have been Bode's last race.
“I don’t like to throw predictions out there, but I have hurt in my heart that we might have seen the last of Bode,” she told them. “I think we’ve seen Bode Miller race for the last time. You know what? He was putting a beautiful run together and he did it in typical Bode style.”
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