Thursday, January 12, 2006

Honest Role Models

I found Bode Miller's 60 minute appearance refreshingly candid. Apparently, however, I'm in the minority. During the interview Bode admitted to skiing wasted the day after he clinched the world championship. Seems he was out late that night and still had a buzz-on from the celebrating when he hit the course the next morning. He admitted it wasn't the smartest thing he ever did, but he wasn't apologetic either.

Of course, it didn't take long for the nanny patrol to come down pretty hard on him for this. It seems people would rather he pretend he's not a partier. It's OK that he hurtles himself down mountain sides in reckless abandon, that's all fine and dandy, but admit to enjoying a deserved celebration and you're a horrible role model. Personally, I like someone who says what they mean and lives life on their own terms. In fact, I think that's a perfect role model.

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