Also on the podium beside him? Canada's Jan Hudec, who tied with Miller.
Competitors set several records during the event, according to Bleacher Report.
Hudec was the first Canadian to win an alpine skiing medal in 20 years.
And Miller, 36, became the oldest alpine Olympic medalist in history.
Twitter was abuzz Sunday night when NBC aired its post-race interview Miller, with many taking reporter Christin Cooper to task for asking Miller several questions about his brother, Chelone, who died last year of an apparent seizure.
Miller began wiping tears from his eyes during the brief interview and ended the interview by dropping his head so the camera could not see his face, apparently too overcome to continue.
Later Miller tweeted himself and urged his fans not to castigate Cooper. "I appreciate everyone sticking up for me. Please be gentle w christin cooper, it was crazy emotional and not all her fault. #heatofthemoment"
From ski slopes to saving puppies
U.S. skier Gus Kenworthy said he came to the Olympics looking for a medal in freestyle skiing. But in addition to winning a silver medal, he found four stray puppies.
Now on top of the challenges he faces in competition, he's jumping through hoops to bring the four puppies, their mother and possibly another stray home to the United States.
"I heard that they were just rounding them up and exterminating them. So I felt really bad, but I definitely wasn't planning on trying to come here and be some animal activist, or like, spokesperson for humanity, for the dogs, or anything," he told CNN's Rachel Nichols Sunday. "This particular family just really kind of touched me, and I just think they're so cute and they need some help. So I'm just going to try to bring this family home."
Friends and family have already agreed to adopt the puppies, he said. And a Russian billionaire who's set up an animal shelter nearby is helping him with the paperwork.
He's still working on naming the brood.
"I was thinking, 'Sochi' is kind of nice," he told Nichols.
He's also thinking about naming one of them Silver.
CNN exclusive: Plushenko says he was forced to compete
Days after his dramatic, last-minute withdrawal from the men's individual figure skating final, Russia's Evgeni Plushenko told CNN's Amanda Davies he tried to back out before the high-profile competition.
Plushenko said he felt pain in his back after he helped Russia win gold in team figure skating. Asked by Russian Skating Federation officials how he was feeling, Plushenko says he replied "not so good" and asked if someone else could compete in his place in the individual event.
"And they said, 'What happened, happened,'" Plushenko told CNN.
In the end, the skater said, officials pressured him to compete because he had a better chance of winning a medal than others on the Russian team.
"Is that fair?" Davies asked.
"You know, like I said, I tried," he said. "I tried."
Rivalry alive and well
The United States and Russia faced off in hockey Saturday, and though it was just a preliminary-round game, both teams played as if gold were on the line.