Mad, mad Miller

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:10 PM ET

LAKE LOUISE -- Unable to wait until today's season-opening downhill, Bode Miller exploded out of the gates yesterday with scathing comments directed at the World Cup circuit he dominates.

Calling the International Ski Federation's (FIS) strict drug policy nonsensical and humiliating, the defending all-around champion said he'll continue to quietly help start a rival tour for fed-up skiers like himself.

"There's a huge need for it and a competing circuit against the World Cup tour is absolutely going to happen -- it's just a matter of when," said the disgruntled American on the eve of today's Husky Winterstart World Cup downhill. "I would stand behind it and endorse it if something came out as long as it's well-thought out and a well-designed tour. I'm still working with a few people on it. That's probably the catalyst that's required to make something change (at the World Cup level.)"

What Miller would like to see changed on the World Cup tour is the lengthy list of banned substances. Miller said he's been targeted by drug testers ever since he suggested last month drug rules be relaxed to improve athlete safety.

"I don't think there's any question about it," said Miller, 28, who won his first overall title last year, thanks in part to his downhill and Super G wins here last year.

"Since I started talking out about it I've been randomly tested three times and no one else on my team has been tested more than once. They claim it's a random test but a bunch of years ago I got tested eight times in five months and the most anyone else on the team got tested was twice. I hired a lawyer and called them and told them I was going to take action against them and I didn't get tested again for two years."

As a podium regular the last few seasons, the two-time Olympic silver medalist has been tested almost weekly.

"Whether you believe it or not, it's incredibly insulting to be drug tested over and over and over again," said Miller, adding he must report his whereabouts at all times so testers can reach him unannounced.

"You're guilty until proven innocent. When people can just come up to you and tell you you have to pull down your pants to your knees and (pee) in a cup any time they want to -- as often as they want -- it's insulting. After 100 times, which is probably how many times I've been tested, it's like, 'guys, get over it. I'm not doing anything.' We're not trying to cheat. We're dealing with a broken system."

It's a system he slammed as being illogical for allowing cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption and Creatine use while banning marijuana -- comments sure to irk racers, coaches, FIS officials and World Anti-Doping Agency boss Dick Pound once again.

"The lunacy is that there's a lot of stuff like EPO that's already in your body that's banned," Miller said. "Then there's Creatine, which nobody even knows if it's safe or not. It's clearly a performance-enhancing drug yet there's no regulation on it. What is banned is something like an asthma inhaler or a million other drugs on the list that have no health risks whatsoever.

"I just think there has to be a more logical system in place. The system now is just insane."

And it could drive him from the sport he's helped promote in North America where World Cup skiing is ignored.

"I like the ski racing part but there's not a lot else I like about it," Miller said. "I'm certainly trying to figure out ways to make this part of it less distracting and make the team part more fun but it's definitely an uphill process."

Fortunately for him, the downhill process starts today, potentially quelling his fury. For the time being, anyway.


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