Thanks for all the support, today was one of the most emotional days of my life. I miss my brother.- Bode Miller (@MillerBode) February 16, 2014
The guy who for years and years insisted results don't mean much to him declared he actually did care about this one. The last year has been a difficult one for Miller: the death of his younger brother in April 2013; the court fight over custody of his infant son; the work it took to come back from left knee surgery and return to the Alpine apex.
"It's almost therapeutic for me to be in these situations, where I really had to test myself, so I was happy to have it be on the right side of the hundredths," said Miller, who grew up in New Hampshire and is now based in California. "Some days ... medals don't matter, and today was one of the ones where it does."
He wiped away tears in the finish area after someone mentioned Chelone, a charismatic snowboarder who was 29 and hoping to make the U.S. team in Sochi when he died of what was believed to be a seizure.
"Everything felt pretty raw and pretty connected," Miller said, "so it was a lot for me."
Miller surpassed one of Aamodt's marks Sunday, becoming the oldest skier to capture a medal. Aamodt was just over 34 when he won in 2006.
Hudec entered the Games with a bulging disk in his back, one that had him wondering just how well he could ski. Day by day, though, the pain has lessened, enough for him to glide down the course Sunday and share the bronze medal with Miller.
This was the first Alpine medal for Canada since Ed Podivinsky captured bronze in 1994.
"I can't be thankful enough and at the same time I know there's gas in the tank for gold," Hudec said. "Hopefully, it's not the last time you see me."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.