When Bode Miller returns to Beaver Creek December 4-6 for the 2009 Audi Birds of Prey World Cup Race Week, he will once again be a member of U.S. Ski Team. The 31-year-old two-time overall World Cup champion announced September 24 that he would return to the Ski Team following two years of competing independently. The announcement came during a joint press conference at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Miller did not set a date for his return to World Cup competition, but is not expected to compete October 25 in the opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria. It is hopeful that he will rejoin the tour in time for Birds of Prey.
His return to the Ski Team also opens the door for a return trip to the Olympics this coming February in Vancouver. As the lone member of his independent Team America, Miller would not have been eligible to participate in the Vancouver Games.
Miller has a career total of 31 World Cup victories to go along with his two World Cup overall titles in 2005 and 2008. Three of those wins have come on Birds of Prey in 2004, 2005 and 2006. He also owns a pair of Olympic silver medals from the 2002 Games in Salt Lake and five World Championship medals.