Bode Miller on schedule for January return

VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) Bode Miller is skiing again and remains on schedule for a January return after undergoing surgery on a disc in his back.

U.S. Ski Team men's head coach Sasha Rearick says the six-time Olympic medalist started skiing in Park City, Utah, this week, and could return for the downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, on Jan. 17.

Rearick tells The Associated Press, ''That's what we're shooting for.''

But the coach also says it wouldn't be a problem if Miller delays his comeback to the following weekend in Kitzbuehel, Austria, and enters the world championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado in February with only one weekend of racing.

Rearick says, ''For me, if he doesn't race Wengen, it's not a big deal.''

The 37-year-old Miller had surgery in November.

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