The One Pole Wonder

Bode Miller skis to 12th in World Championship super G. With only one pole.
Bode One Pole

Need more proof that Bode Miller defies all laws of logic, gravity, and ski technique?  There’s video.

In the February 9th FIS Alpine World Ski Championship super G race at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, he lost a pole halfway through his run and still managed to finish 12th, the fastest of any American skier.

According to the U.S. Ski Team, “Miller lost his right pole on a gate 56.3 seconds into his run. Skiing with one pole, Miller built his lead to .93 before losing balance and standing up into the finish for twelfth.” He had been leading by .29 before his pole was ripped out of his hand.

The rough course challenged of many of the racers and could have contributed to Miller’s pole incident.

"Once I made that mistake, I could have tucked to the finish, but my speed was already gone. It was challenging, but I think it was what this course really should be. If it was smooth and soft it would have been really basic." Miller told Ski Racing Magazine.

Check out the video here.


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