Bode Miller's Winter Games
Once you get to the very top, the eating situation, the sleeping situation, the amount of dry-land training you can do in the wintertime, the way you travel, the way you deal with media — all those things have an impact on how you perform. Over the past three years, after I got my motor home, I took on the responsibility — I spent $50,000 to $60,000 a year to take care of my own food and sleeping. The problem was, I didn’t have a personal assistant or a public relations person to deal with the perception that my motor home was about partying, about the chicks. The ski team is in Europe for five months, traveling from one hotel to another, and if I want to perform my best, I need to address the two most important issues for me as an athlete — sleeping and eating.I do not want to retire. I love skiing. I love racing. But it has to balance out. The last couple of years it hasn’t really been balancing out.
This season, I hired a coach who was a coach of mine since I first made the U.S. Ski Team. He left to spend more time with his family, but I hired him to do my dry-land training program during the winter. I always come into the season really strong — my training during the fall is as good as anyone’s in the world for getting me ready to win races. But it drops off once the season starts. I don’t have the facilities any more. I don’t have the equipment I need. It all goes by the wayside. The last five years I’ve always had a slump in January. And I’m taking on a personal assistant who’ll help me with the media.