Olympic Gold Medalist Bode Miller Fights for Custody of His Son

Famed skier attends New York Family Court to fight former lover for custody of his child.
3:00 | 11/25/13

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A family drama is unfolding tonight involving bode miller. He was in court facing off with the mother of his 9-month-old son. The two are wrestling over the custody of the child but e here's the twist. The battle began even before the baby was born and sparked family ties. Paula faris has the story. Reporter: On the slopes, he's an olympic gold medalist. The most decorated male downhill skier in american history. But, in court today, bode miller was fighting for custody of his son, in a case with sweeping implications. If the courts decide that a father's rights begin at conception, that would be a fundamental change. Reporter: Miller is battling his ex-girlfriend, sarah mckenna who became pregnant after a brief relationship with the skier in 2012. McKENNA, A FORMER MARINE AND Firefighter, moved from california to new york city to study at columbia university. Only after, she claims, miller wanted nothing to do with the child. By all means it was like dwifg me permission to leave. Reporter: After the baby was born she claims miller changed his mind. A new york court agreed. The "new york times" writing while mis-mckenna did not abduct the child, her aproposition of the child was irrepressible. If a court ends up telling a pregnant woman where she can and can't travel based on where the baby may be born, that definitely sets a precedent, i think a dangerous one. Reporter: These parents can't even agree with the baby's name. Miller calls him nate. Mckenna calls him sam. Until the courts decide, the little boy remains caught in the middle. Paula faris, abc news, new york.

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