In 2010, at Vancouver, coaxed by U.S. team coach Sasha Rearick back to the mother ship, Miller finally put the pieces together for a redemptive two weeks in which he claimed gold, silver and bronze.
Miller, at last, had partnered his inner, organic skiing side with the top step of the Olympic podium.
He consolidated his already legendary international Alpine status — Miller heads to Russia with 33 career World Cup race victories, six season discipline championships and two overall titles — with the only marker Americans understand: Olympic gold.
That should have been the end of it, right there, at age 32, which is approaching AARP on the World Cup circuit.
Miller's left knee would require microfracture surgery that would force him to miss all of last season.
The idea that he could return in any credible form for the 2014 Sochi Games seemed farfetched; even more unfathomable was that he might lead the U.S. Alpine contingent as a doting father, devoted husband, role model and elder statesman.
Yet, here we are.
Adding "serious medal contender" to Miller's plate makes the countdown to the Feb. 9 Olympic downhill in Rosa Khutor all the more exciting.
Ski racing tells you when your time is up, as precision Swiss timing devices don't lie. Miller, though, appears genuinely rejuvenated and ready to rip it in Russia.
He's lost 20 pounds and shaved nanoseconds off his start gate-to-finish line.
Last weekend, he nearly won the famed Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuehel, the most prestigious downhill in the world. It might have been his last, best shot to enter Austria's hall of fame.
Miller would have prevailed if not for a tactical bobble. And, instead of brushing it off, he acknowledged it as a significant career disappointment.
"It's pretty heartbreaking," he said.
Time is precious now, especially skiing time.
He followed up in Kitzbuehel, though, with a second place in super-G, which solidified his intentions heading into Sochi.
Miller is eligible to compete in all five men's events and, although his best slalom and giant-slalom days are years behind him, it is conceivable he could triple in the same three events he nailed in Vancouver: super combined (gold), super-G (silver) and downhill (bronze).
Miller has gone from snow pariah to ski-team ballast.
He is a mentor for Mikaela Shiffrin, America's 18-year-old rising star. She recently tweeted that Miller was her skiing hero and inspiration.
On a conference call this week, Shiffrin said of Miller, "Once again, at Kitzbuehel, he proved that he is so innovative, with his lines and with his confidence. He knows it's going to work. Because he believes in his ability to make it work."
In 2006, U.S. coaches wanted to throw Miller off a chairlift.