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Dunno why, but this article's makin me thirsty :crazy: :

WENGEN, Switzerland (AP) - Bode Miller apologized Thursday for his comments about skiing and drinking during a televised interview, regretting the "confusion and pain" he caused his supporters.

The apology came after the overall World Cup champion spoke to U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association president and chief executive Bill Marolt. The USSA was swamped with angry phone calls from team donours and corporate sponsors after Miller said during a 60 Minutes profile on CBS that it's not easy "to ski when you're wasted."

"The most important thing is that I wanted to come straight out and apologize to mostly my family, friends," Miller said Thursday. "But also we have a lot of people who supported me along the way, through my team and even just family and friends who have supported me, who I think are subject to only what the media puts out in America.

"And because of the way I made those comments in the 60 Minutes interview it caused a lot of confusion and pain for all those people and obviously that's nothing I want to do so firstly I'd like to apologize to them."

Miller angered ski officials, team staff and sponsors when he told the CBS program that "there's been times when I've been in really tough shape at the top of the course."

"Talk about a hard challenge right there. ... If you ever tried to ski when you're wasted, it's not easy," Miller said. "Try and ski a slalom when ... you hit a gate less than every one a second, so it's risky, you know. You're putting your life at risk there. It's like driving drunk only there's no rules about it in ski racing."

Asked if the risk meant he would never ski drunk again, the 28-year-old Miller replied, "No, I'm not saying that."

Marolt travelled to Wengen following Sunday's airing of the show to meet with Miller and "work with him to both recognize the seriousness of his comments and to reach a positive outcome."

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