Injured Miller Looks to 2002 Olympics


Vail, CO, Feb. 15, 2001--Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), who returned home after crashing in the downhill at the World Alpine Ski Championships in Austriaearlier in the week, is recovering in Vail from initial knee surgery. While he will be out for the year, he's expected to be back for the Olympic season.

Miller underwent surgery Friday to repair torn lateral and medial meniscus cartilege in his left knee at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail. According tothe U.S. Ski Team's Dr. Richard Steadman, he will need similar meniscus surgery to his right knee, possibly later this week.

Steadman also said Miller would need surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. That surgery is not schedule, but would likelycome in about three to four weeks.

"I'm excited to get back and to get started on my rehab," said Miller from Vail. "This is just a short setback -- I'll be back for the Olympics next year."

Steadman said MRI tests conducted two days after the injury showed showed meniscus cartilage tears in both knees, the torn left ACL and someligament damage in both thumbs. Miller was injured while racing the combined downhill in St. Anton when his left ski kicked out and, as he tried to regain his balance, he was thrown intothe air for about 30 feet. He slid across the snow for another 30 feet before crashing into safety netting. He flew home Thursday, the day after the accident,and underwent the MRI when he got to the clinic.