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Bode turns back the clock

CVR Bode Wins DT 12-2-11
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BEAVER CREEK, Colorado – This is what makes us watch.

Bode Miller turned back the clock Friday at Beaver Creek, delivering a vintage Bode run for his 33rd career World Cup win and his third downhill victory at Birds of Prey.

“It’s good,” Miller said amid a mob of reporters. “This hill’s a pleasure to run every time, but, just like anything, it’s truly challenging and scary at the start. It’s hard to get excited to run it. You’re nervous to run it and when you’re at the finish line it’s awesome.”



And between the start and finish it was the Miller that Birds of Prey and American ski fans remembered from his prime – a go-for-broke approach, a bit of drama and a whole lot of speed.

“I think [it was] tactics, being able to commit to that kind of risk,” Miller said. “The risk is really demanding on this hill. You can’t back off at all. You see how tight the course is. If you try to back off at any spot, it can take stuff away from you really fast. Today, I didn’t back off anywhere, even though I had a couple little bobbles, I had my foot on the gas the whole time. I think that’s what separated me.”



Though running 12th, ahead of most of his competition, Miller laid down what looked the winning run at the time (1 minute, 43.82 seconds), but it was tight.

Switzerland’s Beat Feuz, pronounced Bay-at Fuse, surged on the lower half of the course from the No. 19 bib coming within four-hundredths of a second for second place. Austria’s Klaus Kroell slid into third just 14-hundredths behind.

It was the first time Miller won on home snow since his 2006 downhill victory here – he has four wins at Beaver Creek, including the 2005 giant slalom.

His last World Cup triumph came in 2010 in a super-combined in Wengen, Switzerland.

And with Lindsey Vonn winning the women’s downhill up in Lake Louise, Alberta, it was quite the day for the U.S. Ski Team. The last time two Americans won in the World Cup on the same day was Dec. 19, 2010, with Ted Ligety winning GS and Vonn taking a super-combined – both in Alta Badia, Italy. For a downhill sweep, one has to go back to Dec. 3, 2004, when Miller won here and Vonn was doing her usual number in Alberta.

cfreud@vaildaily.com


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