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|We'll get to see Bode Miller race just three more times during these Olympics.|
Bode's father, Woody, who was on hand to watch his son in the men's combined event, said that although he thinks Bode could have prevented some of the media criticism, he'd rather Bode be true to himself when he deals with the press. "I'm fine with what he says," Woody said. "I think it's all right. I am not surprised he is as calm as he is. It's always reassuring when I see him." The world will get to see Bode race three more times at these Olympics: Saturday in the super-G, Monday in the giant slalom and Feb. 25 in the slalom. Meanwhile, Miller's 21-year-old teammate, Ted Ligety 's future got brighter. Skiing with a calm that felt more like naiveté, Ligety simply skied, as he always, does: Boldly, simply, utterly unaffected by the world that shouted around him. It looked a lot like Miller. And then, it was over, just like that. Ligety was the champion. His teammates Scott Macartney and Steve Nyman had hoisted him on their shoulders, fireworks went off and a few minutes later, Ligety took off his boots. "For a kid like Ted, this is awesome," said Miller. "He's getting the full adrenaline out of it. For him, this is the Olympics. It has the focus it's supposed to have." Sure, we should enjoy Ted Ligety, every moment of him. But we'd be wrong to run Bode out of town. He could teach us something. Carrie Sheinberg, three-time national ski racing champion and top American finisher in the alpine slalom event at the 1994 Olympic Games in Lillehammer, is a frequent contributor to ESPN.com.