Olympics: Bode Miller Apologizes for On-Air Comments About Female Skier's Marriage
"On Valentine’s Day, I did not mean to throw spouses under the bus," the former Olympic gold medalist said.
On his second day of announcing at the Olympics, skier and NBC commentator Bode Miller apologized for an on-air comment suggesting that a female skier's changed performance might be due to her recent marriage.
During a women's skiing event and after another commentator said that Austrian skier Anna Veith "hasn't been the same since" a knee injury in the 2015-16 season, Miller added, "The knee is certainly an issue. I want to point out she also got married. And it's historically very challenging to race on a World Cup with a family or after being married. Not to blame the spouses, but I just want to toss that out there, that it could be her husband's fault."
After receiving pushback on Twitter for the comments, Miller clarified his meaning on social media, tweeting, "To be clear I was not seriously blaming Anna Veith's lack of results on her husband. It's a changing of priorities that is historically hard, male or female." In another tweet he added, "I had the love and support of my wife while I was racing and I know it can be a huge asset. #happyvalentinesday."
Miller also formally apologized for the remarks during a men's skiing event he was commentating on later. "I do apologize,” he said. “I was an athlete that competed after marriage, and I know how beneficial it is. I know the support team you need. On Valentine’s Day, I did not mean to throw spouses under the bus, and I’m going to be hearing it from my wife, I know.”
During his professional skiing career, Miller won six Olympic medals, the most of any American skier, and was a two-time World Cup champion.