But Miller, who is unlikely to compete in another Olympics, embraced his wife, Morgan Beck, with tears in his eyes after his race.
"To be on the podium, this is a really big day for me," he told reporters at the finish line. "Emotionally, I had a lot riding on it. Even though I didn't ski my best -- a lot of mistakes -- I'm just super, super happy."
Bode Miller is wiping away tears ... pic.twitter.com/4AinXOZBe2— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) February 16, 2014
"Thanks for all the support, today was one of the most emotional days of my life. I miss my brother," Miller tweeted after the medal ceremony.