Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Rebel...

He did it! Bode Miller today has been declared the World Cup ski champion. And he did his way. Icing on the cake for the winningest U.S. skier in history.

Bode is an interesting athlete. You either love him or hate him. A rebel at heart, deep down inside of me I admire the guy. Yes, he has his moments where he is less then admirable but he lives life his way, on his terms and could take or leave the spotlight. Fancy hotels, elite camps? Not him. A mountain guy who prefers low budget hotels or an RV while on tour. Early to bed, early to rise? Nope. He has more fun taking in the local late-night cultural amenities (aka. party with the locals). Yet in spite of his cavalier attitude there is a certain intensity to him. He has the ability to tap into a special inner energy to pull off spectacular performances. He will uncontrollably bomb down a ski slope, safely in the lead, yet is confident enough to push over the edge into the abyss of failure. A man who races by the creed,' Go hard or go home'.

Congrats Bode!

Dream as if you'll live forever; live as if you'll die tomorrow. - James Dean


AJW said...

Bode reminds me of you. And that's a compliment!


Anonymous said...

AJW stole the words right out of my mouth...
Hope alls well in Philly!