Austria's Anna Veith took gold for Giant Slalom in 2014, but struggled while competing yesterday. Turns out, she's torn her ACL and got married since then, the latter of which NBC commentator Bode Miller believes affected her performance.
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. And it’s historically very challenging to race on the World Cup with a family or after being married.”
Awkward silence ensued before Hicks continued without acknowledging Miller's comment.
According to NBC, Miller later backtracked, saying it was an “ill-advised attempt at a joke" and that he "[does] apologize":
I was an athlete that competed after marriage, and I know how beneficial it is. I know the support team you need. On Valentine’s Day, I did not mean to throw spouses under the bus, and I’m going to be hearing it from my wife, I know.
He followed it up with further clarification on Twitter as well, writing "I was not seriously blaming Anna Veith's lack of results on her husband." The internet has not taken kindly to any of his comments, especially given his famous, unsettling 2014 custody battle with ex Sara McKenna.
Finally, he acknowledged his wife and the fact that it was Valentine's Day.
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