Winter Olympics: Bode Miller apologises for sexist remarksby Richard Bailey 15/02/2018 11:14:00 0 comments 1 Views
- Retired ski legend Miller, 40, made the remarks during his Pyeonchang coverage
- Appeared to suggest that Austrian skier Anna Veith's performance could be down to her recent marriage - describing matrimony as 'very challenging'
- He apologised for the comments on air, and later on Twitter, following backlash
- Miller, who married in 2012, has four children by three women
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Published: 06:13 EST, 15 February 2018 | Updated: 11:14 EST, 15 February 2018
Olympics commentator Bode Miller has been forced to apologise over 'sexist' remarks made during his 2018 Pyeonchang coverage following a furious online backlash.
The NBC presenter and ski analyst, 40, appeared to suggest that marriage is hazardous to your career if you're a female skier.
During slalom coverage, Miller's co-host Dan Hicks brought up a knee injury that knocked Austria's Anna Veith down in the rankings.
Miller, a retired athlete and the most decorated skier in US Olympic history, replied: 'The knee was an issue. I want to point out that she also just got married and it's historically very challenging to race in the World Cup while trying to raise a family or after being married.
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Backlash: Bode Miller, a former athlete and the most decorated skier in US Olympic history, has been forced to apologise over 'sexist' remarks during his Pyeonchang coverage
'It could be your husband's fault': Anna Veith, an Austrian World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medallist, married her longtime boyfriend in 2016
'Not to blame the spouses, but I just want to get that out there that it could be your husband's fault.'
And viewers were far from impressed, with some branding him 'sexist' and 'biased' in a flurry of tweets.
Veith, an Austrian World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medallist, married her longtime boyfriend in 2016.
An hour after his comments, prompted by Hicks, Miller, who in 2017 retired from ski racing after a 20-year career, claimed he had made an ill-advised attempt at a joke.
Backlash: Viewers were far from impressed, with some branding him 'sexist' and 'biased' in a flurry of tweets on Wednesday night and Thursday morning
Twitter apology: Bode Miller was forced to apologise over 'sexist' remarks made during his Pyeonchang coverage following the furious online backlash
'On Valentine's Day, I did not mean to throw spouses under the bus,' he said.
Later, in a series of tweets, he wrote: 'To be clear I was not seriously blaming Anna Veith's lack of results on her husband. It's a changing of priorities that is historically hard, male or female.
'I 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 U.S. skier, two silvers in Salt Lake City 2002, a gold, silver and bronze in Vancouver 2010 and a bronze in 2014.
The father of four has a daughter born in 2008 and a son born in February 2013 from previous relationships, and children Nash and Emeline with wife Morgan, who he wed in October 2012.
Bode married wife Morgan in 2012. The two have two children, and he has two older children from two previous relationships