(CNN) -- Bode Miller has brought his season to a premature close and hinted that he may retire from competitive skiing.
Miller is taking a break from the World Cup circuit as he ponders his future.
The 31-year-old American has endured a frustrating 2008-09 campaign on the World Cup circuit and failed to win a medal at the world championships in Val d'Isere last month.
Miller was defending his overall World Cup title, but has not won a race all season although he did have an outside chance of claiming the downhill discipline with races still to come in Norway this week and the World Cup finals in Are, Sweden.
"I came into the season excited, with my mental and physical intensity where I wanted it to be," he wrote in his diary on myskispace.com.
"I had speed and raced hard all season but it didn't translate into the results we were hoping for. I have been racing World Cup for a while and need a break."
The four-time world champion, who is the most successful American skier on the World Cup circuit with 31 wins, is one of the sport's star attractions with his flamboyant and attacking style. However, he has courted controversy and left the official United States team at the start of last season to go it alone.
It proved a success as he won the overall World Cup crown for the second time, but results have been mixed this season.
"At this time I find more happiness doing other things than being on tour," he added. "In terms of retirement, I have not yet made any decisions."
Miller has yet to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics, with a pair of silvers in Salt Lake City in 2002 his best performance ahead of next year's 2010 Games in Vancouver.