Bode Miller apologizes after 'ill-advised joke' about skier's marriage

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Gustavo Caballero Getty Images for Churchill Downs

Miller, a former Team USA Olympic skier himself, agreed with fellow commentator Dan Hicks about Veith's knees potentially being a factor in her competition, but then added: "I want to point out she also got married. You know, not to blame the spouses, but I just want to toss that out there that it might be her husband's fault".

Miller mentioned the fact that Veith is now married and how it is "historically very challenging to race on the World Cup with a family or after being married". "That was an ill-advised attempt at a joke".

Miller apologized for the remarks later during the broadcast. But she tore her ACL before the start of the 2016 World Cup season and hasn't been the same since.

If you need help taking that snow shoe out of your mouth, Miller, just holler. I was an athlete who competed after marriage, and I know how beneficial it is.

"I do apologize", MIller said.

Miller and broadcast partner Dan Hicks were discussing Austria's Anna Veith and her performances prior to and since surgery to fix a torn ACL. I relied on my friends and family. And on Valentine's Day I didn't mean to throw spouses under the bus.

Miller won his fifth and final Olympic medal in the Super-G event in Sochi, two years after he married model Morgan Beck in 2012. "Certainly, I'm going to be hearing it from my wife, I know".

After receiving pushback on Twitter for the comments, Miller clarified his meaning on social media, tweeting, "To be clear I was not seriously blaming Anna Veith's lack of results on her husband".

- Bode Miller (@MillerBode) February 15, 2018I had the love and support of my wife while I was racing and I know it can be a huge asset.

Miller has won six medals in the Winter Olympics, the most of any US skier, two silvers in Salt Lake City 2002, a gold, silver and bronze in Vancouver 2010 and a bronze in 2014.