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Bode Miller rejoins U.S. Ski Team for 2010

Jen Watkins, Of the Record staff

Olympic medalist Bode Miller announced Thursday that he has rejoined the U.S. Ski Team and will possibly compete in Vancouver in 2010.

Miller, a two-time World Cup champion, skied independently for two years after a high-profile falling out with the ski team following the 2006 Winter Olympics.

In a joint press conference with the U.S. Ski Team mens’ coach Sasha Rearick at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Miller said he hopes he will be judged by his actions this year and not his past mistakes.

He said he feels everyone can look back and, in hindsight, make judgment calls.

"I don’t feel this is an arena for me to apologize for that stuff things have changed," he said.

Miller will begin training with the team immediately.

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"To have Bode come back to the family is extremely exciting for us," Rearick said. "I’m looking forward to Bode coming back as a leader "

Rearick said Miller has been inspirational to the team over the years.

"He’s got a huge fan base," he said. "We’re all looking forward to watching Bode as he competes this year."

Rearick said Miller will train with the team for the World Cup season opener in Austria in October. However, according to a press release, Miller will not compete until the Visa Birds of Prey World Cup in December in Beaver Creek, Colo.

"I think it’s better to be fully prepared when I start racing," Miller said. "I’m not in bad shape, but it’s a far cry from being in race shape."

Miller acknowledged he did not train last summer as he took time to reflect on his life.

"I progressed to a point where I didn’t feel like there was a whole lot more for me to do," he said. "At the end of last season, I felt like it was (a) great (time) for me to sort of step back. I had never really had a chance to do that."

Miller said he realized ski racing was his main form of expression and that he had more to give.

"To know that I’ve done more work than everyone else that’s where my confidence comes from," he said.

He said his intentions are to begin training with the team and to "try to make everything positive."

"We all feel like we’re moving in the right direction," he said.