We should tell our kids to just have fun, participate and not get bent on winning or losing. But every coach, when they say that, they say it tongue in cheek, 'Don't worry about winning': If you win I'll get you ice cream, but if you lose I'm going to pout in the car.— Bode Miller
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A huge adrenaline rush is usually followed by a pretty low point.
It is not that I don't recognize the danger in ski racing, but that I don't fear the consequences.
My team has been very unreceptive about the fact that I consistently show them that I train slightly differently than they do, that I consistently show them that I am in better shape for ski racing than anyone else on the team.
I don't put anything in front of taking ski racing and sports seriously.
Sometimes I'm disciplined, but I like to be a total slacker, too. I party hard, but I train hard.
If I could wish one thing for anyone, it would be to not have to do anything his entire life-just go along and when you feel like doing something, do it.
It does matter that it's the Olympics.
I just did it my way. I'm not a martyr, and I'm not a do-gooder. I just want to go out and rock. And man, I rocked here.
You feel the Olympics and you get chills and nervous and a little scared.
You go through the emotional roller coaster at what it's like to compete at the Olympic level and you let that run through your whole body.
That feeling is the same whether you're on either side of the hundredths.
Obviously, it's great to win the world championship, but if you put down that kind of skiing, it's awesome either way.
Ski racers are built odd with overbuilt butts and legs.
My grandfather was very into horse racing, and I found some of his old journals and got into it from there. It has a lot of parallels to skiing. It's a fun lifestyle, being around the racetrack.
Once the season starts for me, there isn't a change in my focus, just a change in my tactics and strategies.
From 1999 to 2003 was the peak of equipment in ski racing.
Since then, it's all gone in the wrong direction.
I had crashes when I was small and Gumby-like that would have killed me now.
I would just fly off jumps and go 40 or 50 meters when I was 6 years old - break skis, smash my goggles and get a bloody nose and go crawl inside for a little while and then come back out and ski more in the afternoon.
In some ways, that's the story of my season - when I wasn't making big mistakes, I was winning races and being on the podium. And when I made mistakes I was still fourth or fifth, just off the podium.
But there was no question in my mind that I was gonna still go for it.
I was still going for the win. I wasn't skiing for second or third place today, and in the end I think that's probably what got me there.
Despite all the pressure and the caliber of accomplishment, I still can honestly say that it's not all about winning.
People want athletes to cater to their image of what an athlete should be, but they also want them to fail so they can feel like their screwups are all right. If I make a priority shift, I'll make it because it's best for me.
There's been times when I've been in really tough shape at the top of the course. Talk about a hard challenge right there. I mean, if you ever tried to ski when you're wasted, it's not easy. Try and ski a slalom when … you hit a gate less than every one a second, so it's risky, you know. You're putting your life at risk there. It's like driving drunk only there's no rules about it in ski racing.
I think four Olympics is probably enough.
Five Olympics is a long time, but there's nothing wrong with that if I'm into it and I'm healthy and my priorities can fit around that.
I have an eight-year-old girl and she does have some appreciation for fashion, but she's stuck in that: "Oh my God, this is cute" phase, so when I go shopping with her and my wife, I can only last about 10 minutes before I have to start exploring other parts of the store.
When you back off, it's easier to do mistakes. For me it's better to ski fast.
I don't care what other people's judgments come down to-I care what my judgments come down to.
The only mental games in ski racing is the mental game against yourself.
Is the whole goal of life preserving your life as long as you can? No. The goal is to enjoy your life, challenge yourself, to sometimes make stupid decisions-which are sometimes fun and sometimes idiotic and sometimes just a big fat mistake you regret.
One of the really important things about the Olympics is, to enjoy yourself, you have to accept that it's different and feed off the enthusiasm of everyone and the inspiration and hopefully that will elevate your performance.
It's not quite as important who you beat as that you end up on top.
My daughter's name is Neesyn Dacey but everyone calls her Dacey.
Her mom chose Neesyn and I chose Dacey after she was born. The mother is a good friend of mine who I was seeing a while ago. We are no longer together.
I've been myself my whole life.
At the end of the day, you have to make sure you're at least listening to what your head is telling you, what your heart is telling you. That's hard to do when there are a million other people shouting as loud as they can.
My goal is the same as every year - to not hurt myself.
If you're unhappy with the way you played, what's the point?
I simply think things through, and I look at problems.
One thing I pride myself on is the ability to connect unconnected thoughts and come up with new, unique thoughts.
People in the U.S. will watch anything if it's put in front of their face over and over again. I like to see what's possible, more than anything.
I can take $15,000 a year and raise kids on that.
Later, they'll figure out I've got millions, but hopefully they'll have the values to say, 'So what?
I couldn't be happier with where my life's at right now.
I have great partners, I have great stimulating relationships on the business side of things, I've been really busy and productive.
I always do the contrary of what my coaches tell me.
Eventually I'd like to have a family. I'd like to not be limping around when I'm 50 years old.
I really am a thinker. I don't do things rash. I know some of the things I've said or the way I act seem rash. But I do take ownership of it. I don't say things I don't mean.
I would say most of my style is driven by functionality and comfort.
The best way to protect your own freedom is to watch everybody else's back.
That's the essence of community.
I like to keep my private life private for the most part.
When you get old, it's hard to tell what's memory and what you've kind of created in your head as memory, you know?
I tried retiring a couple of times and it just didn't really stick so, but at some point enough things conspire together and it does stick.
Some of them I probably would like. Some of my fans probably beat their wives or run over little kids and they just happen to watch me on TV and like the way I ski. Obviously I clearly wouldn't like that person if I knew 'em better.
When I was little, I spent a lot of time by myself.
When other kids were in school, I was skiing and thinking about things. I was alone on the mountain.
Some people say I make mistakes. I just say that this is the secret of enjoying life. I hate monotony. Why don't they leave me freedom of choice? People want to impose choices which aren't necessarily mine. That's the mistake people make.
The way I judge myself is not on how many World Cups I can win in a row.
It's important for me to live my life honestly.
I still love racing and the challenge of it, but at some point, you get to a place where you're perfectly happy moving on and doing other stuff.