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Saturday, January 21, 2006
Miller has competed in 134 consecutive WC events

By Eric Adelson
ESPN The Magazine

KITZBUHEL, Austria -- Bode Miller's superhuman skiing streak likely will come to an end sooner than later.

Daron Rahlves and Bode Miller
Miller, right, finished fourth, while Rahlves took third on Saturday.

Miller plans to skip next week's races at Garmisch, Germany, according to sources close to the defending World Cup champion skier. He is not expected to miss the Torino Olympics.

Miller finished fourth in Saturday's downhill at the famous Hahnenkamm, one day after missing a gate in the Super G.

The race was Miller's 134th consecutive World Cup event. He has not skipped a start since World Cup Finals in March of 2002. He is expected to race on Sunday.

Miller spoke briefly to the media after Saturday's race, saying his knee was bothering him and he's considering skipping a race.

"I've been thinking about skipping Garmisch, but I don't know," Miller told two reporters. "I will probably train and just relax."

Sources tell ESPN that plans already are in place for the Olympic silver medalist to leave the circuit for several days to spend time with family.

Miller, the rare racer who competes in all four race disciplines on the World Cup tour, became the first American in 22 years (and only the second ever) to win the overall title in 2005. He also became only the second man ever to win races in all four disciplines in one season.

He came under scrutiny over the past several weeks for comments made to "60 Minutes" about skiing "wasted," and he has spoken little since his public apology for the comments, but he has not missed a race. Only four of the 39 races on the World Cup calendar take place in the United States, making Miller's streak especially remarkable considering his nagging knee problems. Coaches have consistently urged him to take a break, but Miller has always refused.

Eric Adelson is a senior writer for ESPN Magazine. E-mail him at eric.adelson@espn3.com.