Skier Miller off U.S. ros­ter, but door’s open

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTING LIFE -

Bode Miller’s name is no longer on the ros­ter of the U.S. ski team, though the op­por­tu­nity to race re­mains open for the five-time Olympian.

The team an­nounced its nom­i­na­tions Thurs­day for the 2017-18 World Cup sea­son. The fa­mil­iar names are all there — Lind­sey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin, Julia Man­cuso and Ted Ligety.

But Miller is now listed as “alumni,” with his chances of mak­ing the Pyeongchang Olympics in Fe­bru­ary very much un­cer­tain. He turns 40 in Oc­to­ber and hasn’t com­pet­i­tively raced since sev­er­ing his right ham­string ten­don dur­ing a su­per-G crash in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

Men’s coach Sasha Rearick says Miller isn’t re­tir­ing, but Olympic ex­pec­ta­tions “aren’t high” and Miller will have to qual­ify for a spot through World Cup races.

Miller has won six Olympic medals.

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