To rate Bode Miller the best alpine skier of all time is to reveal your youth. I can think of a number of skiers of great accomplishment, beginning with Ingemar Stenmark, perhaps the best technical skier ever, who you deign to acknowledge as a great.

Then there were, in no particular order, Kjetil Andre Aamodt, a Norwegian who racked up 8 Olympic golds and 5 World Championships; Jean-Claude Killy, who swept all three alpine gold medals in the '68 Olympics; Marc Girardelli, one of the strongest skiers I've ever seen, who won 46 World Cup races, the fourth most ever, and 11 World Championship medals, four of them gold; Alberto Tomba, no stranger to the Olympics and World Cup podiums, winning 2 World Championships, 9 World Cup season titles, and 3 Olympic golds and 2 silvers ; Hermann Maier, the "Hermanator," whose 54 WC race wins place him second only to Stenmark; and Franz Klammer, whom I would rate the best, quite possibly the gutsiest, downhiller ever.

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