Bode Miller was viewed as a favorite to earn an Olympic medal in Sunday’s downhill event, but placed a disappointing 8th. The decorated alpine skier mentioned to the press on Tuesday that he needs LASIK surgery to correct his vision and regrets not having the procedure done before the 2014 Olympics.
“I was supposed to get an eye surgery earlier this year,” said Miller, who has won five Olympic medals. “We just never found the time to do it because the race schedule was so tight. We were pretty (upset) looking back on that that we hadn’t figured out a time to do that because for me my vision is critical.”
During Miller’s practice sessions the sun was bright, but on the day of the event, the skies were overcast.
“When the light is perfect I can ski with any of the best guys in the world. When it goes out, my particular style suffers more than the guys who are more stable and sort of don’t do as much in the middle of the turns,” says Miller.
Bode Miller spent Monday reviewing the videos of the event and states, “At the end of the day we all kind of concluded the fault came down to me.” An assessment was made that Miller has not won a race in five years when the sun was not out. His vision may have played a role in his performance under these lighting circumstances.
Many athletes around the world have turned to LASIK laser vision correction to better their performance in their particular sport. At Tidewater Eye Center, located in Virginia, we want to expand the potential in all athletes and those who want to see to the best of their ability. LASIK has provided this reality to millions around the world. We congratulate Bode Miller and the rest of the United States Olympians for their dedication to their sport and perseverance to make it to the greatest sporting stage in the world.
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