Ski Devil Wears Prada

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Team USA’s Bode Miller is a ski devil on a mission.

Bode Miller in Prada2

Competing in his fifth Winter Olympic Games at Sochi, Russia, Miller goes into the upcoming slalom, giant slalom, super G and super combined competitions defending his 2010 Olympic gold medal in men’s combined while looking to top the podium after earning silver for super G in Vancouver.

Since his 8th place downhill finish a few days ago, pressure is mounting for Miller, who may mark races in the Rosa Khutor ski venue as his final Olympic appearances.

While he is resting in the Olympic Village and mentally preparing for the races ahead, it’s possible Miller may be relaxed in his house shoes from back in the USA.

This ski devil wears Prada.

During last year’s Team USA Media Summit in Park City, Utah, at the U.S. Ski Team press conference Miller donned a pair of blue and black Prada flip-flops, just one subtle sign of his relaxed approach to reporters and the Olympic spotlight (he also appeared relaxed in new Team USA uniforms designed by Nike).

A sports veteran who’s known for various doses of controversy, the step-in shoes lend an aura of indifference to the strains of the five-ringed spotlight.

At least Miller can walk comfortably. Closer inspection of Miller footwear photos yielded a “lived in” look for his sandals of choice.

With current temperatures in the 50s and 60s in the Olympic region, it’s possible the ski champion might even trek to the slopes in Prada before stepping into high-tech gear from HEAD, LEKI and POC Sports.

No matter the footwear, here’s hoping Miller may again step up to the podium for Team USA.

Nicholas Wolaver is a public relations executive by day, small-time eBayer by night and weekends, lifetime member of the International Association of Olympic Historians (ISOH) and full-time Olympic enthusiast who also looks at "BoingBoing-style" unusual news with interest. See more stories from The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at OlympicRingsAndOtherThings.blogspot.com

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