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DOWNHILL FROM HERE: It’s two months before the Vancouver Winter Olympics, and eyes are already turning to world champion skier Bode Miller, who was in New York Tuesday to support the launch of the Bode Bang, a watch he designed with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned brand Hublot. The event, billed as a celebrity tennis match among Miller, tennis pro Justin Gimelstob, Olympic fencer Jim Morehouse and “Gossip Girl” regular Sebastian Stan (who curiously hit the court in skinny black jeans and chunky boots), proved Miller’s athletic prowess extends beyond the slalom course — he held his own against Gimelstob.
But the question of the hour remained: Will Miller compete in Vancouver despite having taken most of the year off? “Nothing is for sure,” he said. “There are lots of variables. But I feel good when I’m skiing. It just depends on my fitness level.”
The skier, who had a much-hyped and disappointing run at the 2006 Games in Torino, said Vancouver, if he competes, would be a different experience. “Last time, there was all this pressure. Everyone had a different idea of what I should be doing and how I should be behaving. This time, the expectations would be different.”