Coach: U.S. team would welcome Miller back

Updated: March 6, 2006, 8:12 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

Bode Miller
AP/Keystone, Alessandro della ValleHe may have flopped in Torino, but Miller would be welcomed back to the team.

"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."

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