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Miller on '60 Minutes': 'It's not easy' to ski drunk

1/7/2006

NEW YORK -- Bode Miller knows he puts his life at risk when
he skis drunk, but the outspoken Olympic favorite admits he may try
the dangerous activity again.

"Talk about a hard challenge right there. ... If you ever tried
to ski when you're wasted, it's not easy," Miller told "60
Minutes" for a segment that will air Sunday. "Try and ski a
slalom when ... you hit a gate less than every one second, so it's
risky. You're putting your life at risk. ... It's like driving
drunk, only there are no rules about it in ski racing."

Asked if the risk meant he would never ski drunk again, Miller
replied, "No, I'm not saying that."

In the interview, the 28-year-old Miller acknowledged that his
partying has affected his performance in the past.

"There have been times when I've been in really tough shape at
the top of the course," he said.

Miller, the defending World Cup overall champion and a two-time
silver medalist at the Salt Lake City Olympics, was also blase
about the possibility of winning gold in Torino.

"Whether somebody wants me to get five gold medals or whatever
it is, I sort of feel like they are all other people's concerns and
issues, not really mine. ... I don't really care what everybody
else says," he said.

Miller has drawn attention -- and criticism -- for his
outspokenness before. He has called drug rules in skiing that he
deems too strict "a joke" and was fined last month for refusing
to take a boot test after a World Cup slalom race.