Bode Miller out until January |

Bode Miller out until January

USSA News Bureau,

Olympic champion Bode Miller underwent outpatient back surgery on Nov. 17 but is planning to return to the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in January, pending the outcome of the surgery.

Miller has been training in Austria and at Copper Mountain the past month but elected to have the surgery to alleviate pain and discomfort. He is hoping to still compete in the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships this February in Vail/Beaver Creek, Colorado.

"After consultation with my medical team and coaches, I have decided to have outpatient back surgery," Miller said. "I am disappointed that I will miss some of the early season speed races, including Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek. But the procedure will alleviate the pain and discomfort I have been fighting in my back since World Cup Finals last year. Our expectation is that I will be able to train and race in January and be ready for World Championships here at home in February."

The key races in January include downhills in Wengen, Switzerland, where Miller has won in the past, and Kitzbuehel, Austria, where he was third last season.