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Bode Miller says knee may force him out of slalom

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – Bode Miller’s Olympics may be nearing an end.

Miller, the six-time Olympic medalist who won bronze here in the super-G, said Wednesday that his surgically repaired left knee has been bothersome during the Olympics, and it may prevent him from entering Saturday night’s slalom, the final Alpine event of the Sochi Games.

Miller, 36, said he will evaluate his health following the second run of giant slalom Wednesday afternoon. He stands 26th after the first run, 2.56 seconds off the lead of American Ted Ligety.

“We’ll see how it holds up in the second run, but it’s been maintaining some puffiness in there through this whole couple weeks,” Miller said. “And slalom is the hardest on it. The combined slalom was pretty gnarly.”

Miller sat out all of the 2012-13 season after surgery on his left knee, and he managed it this season with the idea of peaking at the Olympics.

“Your body, when you go off snow for a while, it almost doesn’t like getting back into it,” Miller said. “If you’re skiing every day, you can get used to it. But it’s been a real challenge this year managing how much I can train, how much I can do dry-land [training], and keep the swelling down.”

Miller is in his fifth and, presumably, final Olympics. He became the oldest Alpine medalist when he took the bronze in super-G.