In 2005, Bode became
just the second man in history to win Giant Slalom, Slalom, Downhill
and Super G races in the same season. The first was Marc Girardelli,
When Atomic began
furnishing Bode and Daron Rahlves with skis for the 2004-05 season,
Austrian fans accused the company of treason. Prior to that, only Austrian
team members used Atomics. When Stephan Eberharter retired, his ski
technician was assigned to work with Bode and Rahlves.
Bode’s Downhill victory in 2008 at Wengen tied him with Phil Mahre as the winningest American skier, with 27 titles. He broke the record a week later with a Combined victory in Kitzbuhel.
Bode only reached the podium twice in 2009—both second-place finishes in the Downhill.
At the 2010 Olympics, Bode became the first American since Tommy Moe to win an Olympic Downhill medal.
Bode’s 2010 season nearly ended in disaster when he hurt his right ankle playing volleyball with other U.S. team members.
2006 endorsement deal with Atomic was the biggest for a skier in history.
Nike’s deal with Bode includes his own web site.
Bode says he likes
being able to walk the streets of Manhattan without being recognized.
The only fan who has ever spotted him was “some Austrian dude.”
Bode trains at
home in the summer instead of with the U.S. ski team. His unique methods include balance-building activities such as unicycling
and tightrope walking.
Bode goes from
event to event like a rock star, in his own RV, claiming he prefers
his own bed and food to what he gets in hotels. His childhood friend,
Jake Sereno, does the driving.
Bode has a higher
percentage of wipeouts than any World Cup champion in history.
Bode has failed
to complete (or been disqualified from) around one-third of his career
Once at a charity
event, a bidder paid $13,000 to play a round of golf with Bode.
Chelone—who is six years younger—is a world-class snowboarder.
hobbies are thumbing through used car magazines and playing golf.
Bode paid off the
mortgage on the family tennis camp and is now the official owner.
Bode once completed
a three-mile downhill race after losing a ski.
Bode claims he
once used his World Cup medal to stabilize his toilet seat.
Bode once kept a daily
online journal for the Denver Post. He also is a frequent contributor
to the Sirius radio network.
Bode was the subject of the 2006 film Flying Downhill.
In 2006, Bode signed a one-day contract to play baseball for the minor-league Nashua Pride. He went hitless in two at-bats but made an acrobatic catch in the outfield.
In 2008, Bode’s daughter, Neesyn Dacey, was born.
In 2009, Bode and celebrity teammate Paige Hemmis finished second in ABC’s "The Superstars.
Bode’s dream is to qualify for the U.S. Open tennis tournament. He plans to try in 2010.