Bode Miller's Gold Medal Has Been Long Time Coming

Bode Miller finally won that elusive Olympic gold medal on Sunday afternoon, with a win in Men's Super Combined. For the party boy who was always just trying to have fun, and insisting that he didn't care about medals, it sounded like this one was actually something special to the New Hampshire native.

"The way I executed, the way I skied, is something I'll be proud of the rest of my life," Miller said.

"I skied with 100 percent heart - I didn't hold anything back. ... It's just awesome. There's nothing else to say."

Bode admitted after the race today that the first two alpine events had worn him out, leaving him on "fumes," adding, "My legs started feeling really wobbly." That fatigue made capturing the gold that more difficult.

Miller increased his lead at both checkpoints in the slalom. He skied fluidly on the top, then started to get bounced up in the air as he tried to maintain his speed on the quicker gates in the lower section, just barely making one gate after another. [...]

Miller called the second half of his slalom run "a joke"

"I don't know how I got those last 15 gates through the finish," he said. "It was literally just willpower, because my legs were completely shot."

However he did it, it was enough for his first ever Olympic gold medal.

More: SB Nation’s full coverage of the Winter Olympics and the 2010 Winter Olympics Medal Count Tracker.

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