The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has announced its team nominations for the upcoming season. The list of prestigious athletes then quickly garnered headlines for a name that was not included. Although this is not a finalized list of competitors for the coming Winter Olympics, the omission does not look good for one of America’s biggest names.
Surprisingly, Bode Miller was not nominated for the U.S. ski team. The veteran skier won an Olympic gold medal back in 2010, but has lacked consistency on the slopes since. To makes matters worse, the 39-year-old has not raced since suffering a hamstring injury nearly two years ago. Despite being hampered, Miller will have the chance to earn a spot on the Olympic team, but the odds are not in his favor.
Mikaela Shiffrin and Greg Bretz lead the nominees in their respective categories. Shiffrin will head to PyeongChang as one of America’s top skiers in the Olympics. She first stepped into the records books after winning gold in Sochi at the young age of 18. She also won the gold medal in slalom this season, becoming the first woman ever to win that event three years in a row. Bretz recently took home bronze at the Winter X Games as he seeks a medal at the halfpipe competition.
Other nominees include Kyle Mack, who won the 2016 U.S. Open men’s slopestyle. Olympic gold medalist, Jamie Anderson will look to repeat in PyeongChang after her nomination. And Karly Shorr looks for Olympic redemption after her sixth-place finish in Sochi. Can the team once again dominate the sport after claiming eight medals in alpine, freestyle, and snowboarding events at the prior winter games?
As for Bode Miller, he still has a slim chance to qualify for the 2018 Olympics. But, the biggest question is will he be able to re-capture his gold-winning form in time? Nonetheless, the U.S. ski and snowboard teams are in good hands with the recent list of nominees.