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Coach: U.S. team would welcome Miller back

3/6/2006

ASPEN, Colo. -- Bode Miller may have been a flop at the
Torino Olympics, but he'll be welcomed back on the U.S. Ski Team
next season.

"I'd say for sure the team wants to have Bode Miller involved
with it," speed coach John McBride told the Aspen Daily News for
Monday's editions.

Despite high expectations, Miller failed to win a single medal
in Torino, and his reputation for partying rivaled his reputation
for skiing.

"It's been an awesome two weeks," he said at one point. "I
got to party and socialize at an Olympic level."

McBride said some of the media attention Miller got was unfair.

"What he does outside of the team to a certain extent is his
business when it doesn't reflect poorly on the team," he said.
"There were times when he said things that weren't appropriate and
times when he said things that were taken out of context and made
to look inappropriate."

McBride said he was optimistic about the team's future. With
veteran Daron Rahlves about to retire and Miller performing
unpredictably, more responsibility will shift to younger skiers
such as combined gold medalist Ted Ligety.

Other promising skiers include Scott McCartney, Steve Nyman and
Christopher Beckman.

"These are young guys you are going to see in the future,"
McBride said. "They are extremely committed and did a real good
job."