Bode Miller: Gold Medal Skier Finds Love and Peace After the Olympics

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IIDecember 18, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11:  Alpine Skiier Bode Miller (L) and guest arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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If you are wondering what the Olympic medal winner Bode Miller has been doing since the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, you need not worry.

Miller has had a busy and interesting 2012. It started nine months ago when he had microfracture surgery on his knee, which he is still rehabbing.

Miller, who was taking in the World Cup Downhill race in Beaver Creek, Colo. a couple of weeks ago, told the Associated Press that he was not going to rush his recovery.

"No one wants to reinjure themselves when they come back from an injury," said Miller, via the Associated Press.  "Someone my age (35); there's no reason to risk anything. If I'm not healthy, why would I be racing? Why would I go out there and race at 80 percent? It doesn't make any sense."

More likely then not, Miller is also saving himself for the 2014 Winter Games, which will take place in Russia.

Besides recovering from knee surgery, the five-time Olympic medal winner also got married back in October of this year to girlfriend Morgan Beck. Miller had just gotten engaged only a month prior in September.

In the past few years, Miller has seemed to mellow with age. No longer is he the brass, young, American skier who seemed to alienate the press with his words and antics. Now, he is seen as the elder statesman of the male American skiers.

He was more accommodating to the press and seemed to be a bit more humble and, dare I say, happy with his life. Maybe getting married and having a child a few years ago has brought Bode Miller something he hasn't had before; peace of mind.

However, don't mistake that for a lack of fire in the 33-time World Cup holder.

"There's a part of me that would like to be at the start," he said. "But there's a bigger part that's happy down here."

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