The US Team has confirmed that 37-year old Bode Miller has undergone back surgery to alleviate pain. The operation has been described as “minor”. He is expected to return for the World Championships in Beaver Creek in late January.
“After consultation with my medical team and coaches, I have decided to have outpatient back surgery today,” he said in a statement to the media.
“I am disappointed that I will miss some of the early season speed races, including Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek. Our expectation is that I will be able to train and race in January and be ready for world championships here at home in February.”
Miller has racked up 6 Olympic medals, has twice become the overall World Cup champion in 2005 and 2008, and is the most successful male American alpine ski racer of all time. He is also considered one of the greatest World Cup racers of all time with 33 victories – one of five men to win World Cup events in all five disciplines.
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