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World Cup racing: Bode Miller 4th, Marco Sullivan 11th in Bormio downhill

U.S. Ski Team reports

BORMIO, Italy ” One year after winning on the same course, reigning World Cup overall champion Bode Miller took fourth in a World Cup downhill in Bormio on Sunday.

Italy’s Christof Innerhofer, who started-first, won the race, while Truckee’s Marco Sullivan finished 11th to mark his fourth finish in the top 15 this season.

Miller, who won both speed World Championship events on the same course in 2005, skipped the bib draw on Saturday. As a penalty, he had to run after the 45th starter.

Sullivan said he was pleased to one-up his 12th-place finish in the same race a year ago.

“I was 12th in Bormio last year, so I’m getting a little better,” Sullivan said. “But the way I skied on top (Sunday), I was really excited with that. I just didn’t have the legs for the bottom split. It was really bumpy and icy. But, I was happy with the way I skied on top. It gives me confidence.”

Men’s Alpine Head Coach Sasha Rearick was also thrilled with the way Sullivan skied the Bormio downhill.

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“Sullivan skied like an absolute champion on the whole top of the course till the very end, which was great to see that kind of execution up top,” Rearick said.

American Scott Macartney followed Sullivan in 21st for his best World Cup finish to date in Bormio.

“I made a huge mistake on the top and lost a ton of time between the first and second interval, but from there down it was pretty good skiing and I was happy with how it went,” Macartney said. “Overall it was good and I scored some points, so I can walk out of Bormio with points for the first time. It’s always good to send something in a better direction.”

According to Rearick, it was exciting to see Macartney skiing with such aggression.

“Scott had a bobble on the top fast section of the course, which threw him out, but then he skied from there on really well,” Rearick said. “I’m really psyched with how he’s been skiing. He’s never done well here, so having him ski with that kind of aggression was great to see.”