World Cup skiing | Bode Miller wins Beaver Creek downhill
December 5, 2011
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. and#8212; Bode Miller took maximum risk but skied a flawless run to earn his 33rd career Audi FIS Alpine World Cup win on the Birds of Prey downhill in Beaver Creek by a slim .04 margin over Swiss Beat Feuz on Friday.
It was a historic third win for Miller in the Birds of Prey downhill and his first at Beaver Creek since 2006, when he and teammate Daron Rahlves of Sugar Bowl went one-two.
Ted Ligety was the next American, in 22nd, while Marco Sullivan of Squaw Valley was 28th and Travis Ganong 33rd.
and#8220;I love to ski the way I did today,and#8221; said Miller, who posted a winning time of 1:43.82 to Feuzand#8217;s 1:43.86. and#8220;When I came across the finish line I was 100 percent satisfied, and itand#8217;s great to have it coincide with a win.and#8221;
The following day, Andrew Weibrecht led the American men with a 10th-place finish in a super G won by Swiss Sandro Viletta. Tim Jitloff of Truckee was 45th. Ganong did not finish his first run.
Rounding out the weekend in Beaver Creek with a giant slalom on Sunday, first-run leader Ted Ligety couldnand#8217;t quite hold on as he finished second to Austrian Marcel Hirscher by 0.16.
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Ligety, who held onto his Audi FIS World Cup lead, was the defending champion at Beaver Creek. Tommy Ford was the only other American finisher, in 22nd.
The men are back on the same hill for a rescheduled World Cup GS on Tuesday.
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