After his silver and Andrew Weibrecht's bronze behind winner Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway in Friday's super-G, Miller was asked to explain why the Americans have been dominating the slopes with six medals through four races at these Olympics.
Miller smiled that here-comes-a-good-one smile of his and began, "Aside from the fact that we're just much better than everybody else ..."
Can't really argue with the guy.
With six events still to go, the United States already has collected its most Alpine medals at a single Winter Games, topping the five at Sarajevo in 1984. Norway is the only other country with more than one medal so far, thanks entirely to Svindal, who also got a silver in the downhill.
Indeed, that first medal eased his mind before Friday's race. Standing in the start gate, with Miller and Weibrecht holding the day's top two times to that point, Svindal thought to himself, "You already have a silver and it can only get better, so enjoy this and give it all you have. Don't hold anything back."
He finished in 1 minute, 30.34 seconds, 0.28 faster than Miller of Franconia, N.H., who gave away time at the bottom of the course and acknowledged he "ran out of gas a little bit." Weibrecht of Lake Placid, N.Y., never before fared better than 10th in a significant race but wound up only 0.03 of a second slower than Miller.
"If you don't watch ski racing every weekend, you might miss my name," Weibrecht deadpanned. "It definitely feels good to establish myself."
While two-time reigning World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn was pegged to collect a bushel of medals at Whistler, no other U.S. skiers distinguished themselves enough in the leadup to generate much buzz.
So much for that.
Vonn won a gold in downhill, Miller earned a bronze plus his silver to become the first U.S. Alpine skier with four career Olympic medals, Julia Mancuso won two silvers, and the undersized and unheralded Weibrecht finally climbed on a podium. And if that's not enough, Miller and Weibrecht were the first American men since twins Phil and Steve Mahre in 1984 to win medals in the same Alpine event
- that after Vonn and Mancuso doubled up in the women's downhill.
"I don't think anyone was expecting this," said Marco Sullivan, who was 23rd Friday. "It was
'The Lindsey Vonn Show' coming in, and now it's turned into 'The U.S. Ski Team Show'
- and it's really cool."
So back to the question Miller was posed: Why?
There's no clear answer.
Could be as simple as early success breeding more success.
"It's definitely inspiring having Julia and Lindsey and Bode all doing really well to start the Olympics," said Weibrecht, who at 5-foot-6 barely comes up to Svindal's shoulders.
Could be the Americans' newfangled polyester-knit body suits - the ones with no real texture or seams to reduce wind drag. Then again, the Canadians were outfitted with the same special duds, and no one from the host country has produced better than Erik Guay's pair of fifth-place finishes.
Or maybe it could be an extension of the long tradition of American skiers peaking at the right time, a history that includes such surprise gold medalists as Bill Johnson in 1984, Tommy Moe in 1994, and Ted Ligety and Mancuso herself in 2006.
"We're at the Olympic Games. This is the big show," U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association CEO Bill Marolt said. "Our kids love to compete in the big show."