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Miller may call it quits before 2010 Olympics

BODE Miller is leaning toward retiring at the end of this season and not skiing through to next year's Vancouver Olympics.

"I've said it for five years and I haven't retired yet but in this particular's probably likely," Miller said in an interview on Wednesday with, a division of NBC. "It's just something that comes along for every athlete."

Miller has not won a medal at a major championship since sweeping the speed races - super-G and downhill - at the 2005 world championships in Bormio, Italy. He had a medal in grasp in Monday's super-combi race at the ongoing worlds in Val d'Isere, France, but straddled a gate in the slalom portion when just about all he needed to do was make it to the finish.

Miller still has two events remaining at these worlds - giant slalom today and slalom on Sunday.

He was skeptical about entering the next Olympics.

"I don't think there's anything so far that would convince me to go," Miller said. "You have to race with your heart, you have to race how you believe you should, you have to train how you believe you should, all those things. I think it would be a stretch to say there's something in my heart that's driving me to go to the Olympics again, besides the unique opportunity to extract a great performance from myself."

Miller's best performances at the 2006 Turin Games were fifth in downhill and sixth in giant slalom. He made more headlines for his late-night partying than his skiing.

However, as Miller often points out, conditions don't always let the best skier win.

"You need the circumstances to come together for that to happen, for a truly amazing, unique performance to happen you do need the circumstances to conspire."

Still, Miller has not made up his mind.

"I don't know. I'm not decided one way or another," he said.

"I just think it's unlikely that I would go. It could happen. It's obviously possible."


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