Bode Miller apologizes after 'ill-advised joke' about skier's marriage

Bode Miller apologizes for connecting skier’s struggles to marriage

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Miller - a first-time Olympics announcer - quickly drew a backlash on Twitter, with his comments being dubbed sexist and off-base.

The star skier turned analyst stuck his boot directly in his mouth Thursday in PyeongChang, saying a female skier's decision to get married was related to her declining performance on the slopes. The NBC duo noted that Veith, the 2014 overall World Cup champion, hasn't been the same since tearing her ACL before the 2016 season before Miller chimed in with his alternate reason.

The NBC presenter and ski analyst, 40, appeared to suggest that marriage is hazardous to your career if you're a female skier. Veith suffered severe knee injuries years ago, shortly after award-winning runs in the Super-G and the giant slalom from 2014-15.

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Miller agreed, but didn't stop there.

Miller, a retired athlete and the most decorated skier in US Olympic history, replied: 'The knee was an issue.

Veith, an Austrian World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medallist, married her longtime boyfriend in 2016.

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"Not to blame the spouses, I just want to toss it out there that it could be her husband's fault", Miller said.

Miller isn't an emotive guy, so the initial impulse is to say this is a bad attempt at dry humor. Really, doing that is probably never a good idea.

It didn't take long for Miller, a six-time medal victor, to backtrack on live TV, seemingly in realization that he'd made a mistake. "I relied on my friends and family and if you have the luxury of relying on a spouse I know they're inevitably your biggest supporter and on Valentine's Day I did not mean to throw spouses under the bus certainly I'm going to be hearing it from my wife I know", Miller said. "You know, I was an athlete who competed after marriage, and I know how beneficial it is, I know the support team you need".

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