Miller won't rush return to hill after knee injury

PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer Published:

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) -- Bode Miller tells The Associated Press that his surgically repaired left knee is still hurting and there's no timetable for his return to ski racing.

Miller showed up to watch the World Cup downhill competition Friday, a race he won last season. He surrendered his Birds of Prey title to Italy's Christof Innerhofer, who held off Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal with a blazing run.

The 35-year-old Miller had microfracture surgery nine months ago and is taking a cautious approach to his return. He knows that a setback with his knee at this stage could end his career.

Said Miller: "We're on hold. It's one of those things where I don't want to rush it. When we're ready, we're ready. Then, we'll go."