Miller tells '60 Minutes': At times he's been in really tough shape


Miller tells ’60 Minutes’: At times he’s been “in really tough shape”{mosimage}NEW YORK – U.S. star Bode Miller knows he puts his life at risk when he skis drunk, but the outspoken Olympic favorite admits he may try the dangerous activity again.

”Talk about a hard challenge right there. … If you ever tried to ski when you’re wasted, it’s not easy,” Miller told ”60 Minutes” for a segment that will air on Sunday. ”Try and ski a slalom when … you hit a gate less than every one second, so it’s risky. You’re putting your life at risk. … It’s like driving drunk, only there are no rules about it in ski racing.”

Asked if the risk meant he would never ski drunk again, Miller replied, ”No, I’m not saying that.”

In the interview, the 28-year-old Miller acknowledged that his partying has affected his performance in the past.

”There have been times when I’ve been in really tough shape at the top of the course,” he said.

Miller, the defending World Cup overall champion and a two-time silver medalist at the Salt Lake City Olympics, was also blase about the possibility of winning gold in Torino.

”Whether somebody wants me to get five gold medals or whatever it is, I sort of feel like they are all other people’s concerns and issues, not really mine. … I don’t really care what everybody else says,” he said.

Miller has drawn attention – and criticism – for his outspokenness before. He has called anti-doping rules in skiing that he deems too strict ”a joke,” and was fined last month for refusing to take a boot test after a World Cup slalom race.

- The Associated Press

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