Bode Miller: Marriage Cost Olympic Skiing Champion Her Medal Chance squib

Reuters staff

Former U.S. skier and now NBC Sports analyst Bode Miller has once again found himself on a slippery slope, after blaming a female athlete’s drop in performance at the Winter Olympics on her marriage.

Austrian skier Anna Veith has battled with a knee injury since she won two medals—gold and silver—at the 2014 Games in Sochi—but Miller announced on air on NBC Wednesday night that the real blame for her dip in form should be placed on her tying the knot.

“The knee is certainly an issue,” opined Miller, a five-time Olympic medalist once known for his hard-partying “bad boy” ways off the slopes, during his commentary on the Women’s Giant Slalom event. “I want to point out she also got married and it’s historically very challenging to race on World Cup with a family or after being married. Not to blame the spouses, but I just want to toss that out there, that it could be her husband’s fault.”

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