Bode Miller is a legend of alpine skiing and though he officially retired in 2017 is still heavily involved in the ski industry.
Ski Club’s Peter Davies went to catch up with the American skier on the slopes of Trentino, Italy.
The snow was dumping down in Trentino when Bode Miller arrived in town. Despite the weather, Miller was here to rigorously test his Bomber skis in soft conditions. This attention to detail was what made him the superstar alpine skier we know.
Miller has won two overall World Cup titles, five World Championship medals and six Olympic medals in his illustrious career. He is the most successful male American ski racer of all-time and the 9th most successful male World Cup skier in history. This wasn’t necessarily what shot Miller to stardom though!
In part, it was his charisma, outspoken interviews and rock & roll ski style that fans loved. From riding the nets during his downhill run in Kitzbuhel, to forming his own ski team called Team America, there was always something exciting surrounding the World Cup legend.
When I first met him in Italy, he was surprisingly reserved, until you got him talking about skiing. His in-depth knowledge and continued passion for the sport were clear to see. Here is someone, that despite retiring from the sport back in 2017, now still skis for the fun of it. This is partly why he has formed Bomber Ski after his retirement, he just couldn’t stay away from skiing.
On the slopes is where the Olympian feels truly at home. Skiing with him you can still see his racing style shine through. High speeds, big angles and a lot of bravery. He would zip through soft snow like he was on a perfectly groomed piste. It was truly breath-taking to see someone with that skill and talent perform in front of your eyes.
During lunch, Miller explained what made Bomber Skis stand out from the rest: “I love cheap skis if they’re good but for the most part they’re not. I wanted to bring a high-quality product to the public.”
Most manufactured skis are made in China but professional ski racers mainly have their skis made in special factories in Europe depending on the company. Bomber Skis are now based in Italy and the US with the distribution not at a mass scale. This is purposely the case to create a specially designed product.
The American is not shy to say what he brings the company: “I’ve skied on the best, so I know what’s good. So when I’m testing the skis I know what to look out for and give feedback to my team.”
Like most sports stars, Miller was highly professional with the press throughout his visit, but you got a glimpse of the wild streak that fans have grown to love. Before my video interview, he downed a pint of beer and smiled at me. Why not! He is retired and married with children now, he deserves a beer or two.