After a disappointing performance at the 2006 Games in Torino where his best finish was fifth in downhill, Bode bounced back at Vancouver 2010 and won three medals; gold in super combined, silver in super-G, and bronze in downhill.
Bode with his podium-mates from the Salt Lake 2002 giant slalom. Stephan Eberharter of Austria won gold (right) and Lasse Kjus of Norway took bronze (left).
Bode wowed crowds and captured silver medals in giant slalom and combined at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Although he didn't finish the combined that year, Bode still put on a show by skiing almost his entire downhill portion on one ski after losing the other seconds into his run.
When Bode and Lindsey Vonn both won the World Cup overall in 2008, it was the first time two Americans had swept the titles since Phil Mahre and Tamara McKinney did it way back in 1983.
Bode won the first of his two Overall World Cup titles in 2005, besting the Austrian duo of Benjamin Raich (left) and Hermann Maier (right).
Bode's most recent World Cup win came in 2011 when he won the downhill in Beaver Creek for the third time in his career.
In his early days on the World Cup, Bode was famous for his wild and fast slalom skiing. As he has gotten older, the slalom skis haven't been quite as good to him as they once were
Love him or hate him, Bode has no doubt been one of the most memorable and talented personalities to ever grace the sport of ski racing. Do you think Bode will be back to race on the World Cup this season? Let us know in the comments below.