Five-time Olympian Bode Miller is officially making a career switch — he’s going into the horse-racing business. But the 6-foot-2, 36-year-old father isn’t planning on trading in his skis to become the world’s tallest jockey. Instead, Miller is looking to become the next Bob Baffert, the renowned race horse trainer and owner who’s taken Miller under his wing. (Or would that be hoof?)
Miller dropped the news of his career switch during an interview that is set to air this weekend.
“[Bob Baffert], before he even knew you, named his son Bode because of how big of a ski-racing fan he is. I understand you co-own a couple horses with him. Plans for that?” asked Graham Bensinger, host of “In Depth with Graham Bensinger.”
“Yeah, I mean, that’s gonna be my career after skiing,” Miller answered. “I’m going to Baltimore and then to Lexington to kinda finalize the last steps of buying a horse property there that has the training facility that I want, and do some modifications. It’s what I’ve wanted to do for a long time.”
Miller has toyed with the idea of retiring from skiing to pursue his race-horse hobby full time since at least 2013, when Vanity Fair ran a profile about Miller, who also lists horse racing as his hobby in his official US Ski Team bio.
“I fell in love with horse-racing and realized I enjoyed the whole process,” Miller told the magazine in May 2013. “I’d love to eventually be a trainer or put together a group that would buy and train horses.”
Fast forward a year-and-a-half, and voila!
“We’re at the ‘go’ point right now,” Miller says in the interview. “So, it’s pretty exciting.”
As for skiing, Miller hasn’t completely written the sport off, but he doesn’t predict himself becoming a six-time Olympian in 2018.
“I’d be 40. You know — health, family issues, business,” Miller told Bensinger. “I already juggle a lot of different things as it is, and skiing is not one of those things that you can take lightly.”