Winter Olympics 2018: NBC analyst blames skier's decline on recent marriage

NBC has already publicly apologized for political comments made during the opening ceremony, and now one broadcaster is taking criticism again for remarks made around marriage during coverage of the women's alpine skiing event Wednesday.

Winter Olympics 2018: NBC analyst blames skier's decline on recent marriage

Winter Olympics 2018: NBC analyst blames skier's decline on recent marriage

During the giant slalom, NBC Olympics analyst Bode Miller suggested that Austria's former Olympic champion Anna Veith's recent decline was due to the simple fact she recently got married after NBC co-host Dan Hicks said Veith was struggling since tearing her ACL after winning gold in the 2014 Sochi Games.

"The knee is certainly an issue," Miller said. "I want to point out, she also got married. It's historically very challenging to race on World Cup with a family or after being married. You know, not to blame the spouses, but I just want to toss that out there that it might be her husband's fault."

There was an awkward pause before Hicks resumed his normal commentary and the network went into commercial break. When they came back on the air, Miller apologized saying his comments were an ill-conceived "joke."

"I apologize," Miller said. "That was an ill-advised attempt at a joke. I was an athlete who competed after marriage, and I know how beneficial it is. I know the support team you need. I relied on my friends and family.

"If you have the luxury of relying on a spouse, inevitably your biggest supporter, and on Valentine's Day, I did not mean to throw spouses under the bus. Certainly I'm going to be hearing it from my wife, I know."

Miller, a six-time Olympian, also issued an apology via Twitter as he wrote, "To be clear I was not seriously blaming Anna Veith's lack of results on her husband. It's a changing of priorities that is historically hard, male or female."



It didn't take long for those watching to weigh in on social media, and the comments weren't so nice.








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