Bode Miller fans hoping to see him race this year will apparently have to wait and hope it happens next year. Unless Bode races on Head.
A California judge who was scheduled to hear opening arguments yesterday in his lawsuit against Head Skis dismissed the case on Friday, just hours after Miller publically commented on his case for the first time.
U.S. District Judge David Carter ruled that his Santa Clara, Calif., court had no jurisdiction in the matter, the A.P. reported. Miller is a California resident, but Head, which argues that Miller signed a non-compete clause clearly prohibiting him from competing on any other brand of skis before the end of the 2017 season, is based in Austria.
Bode Miller bombs the slopes in a gear and apparel from Bomber Skis, a brand he’s partnering with.
Despite the disagreement with Head, which Miller characterized on Friday as a case of “corporate oppression,” Miller had plans to race this year on skis made by his new company. Reinstated as a member of the U.S. Ski Team following a brief retirement last season, he attended summer training Chile, where he was seen testing not only Bomber skis but Full Tilt boots as well.
Now fans are likely to begin to wonder whether Miller will try again next year, an Olympic year. When the PyeongChang Games begin in February 2018 in South Korea, Miller, who is already America’s most decorated Olympic skier, will be 40 years old.
Read Bode’s press release and see one page contract here.