Truckee’s Sullivan earns seventh in DH
WENGEN, Switzerland ” Bode Miller tied Phil Mahre for the most World Cup victories by a U.S. skier Sunday as he won the 78th Lauberhorn downhill. Truckee’s Marco Sullivan placed seventh in the race.
“There was no braking, no backing off,” Miller said after winning in 2:30.40.
It was Miller’s second downhill win of the season and the sixth of his career. He also has nine giant slalom wins, five in both super G and slalom plus two in combined.
Mahre, a three-time overall World Cup champion (1981-83) and Olympic slalom gold medalist, won 11 combined events plus nine slaloms and seven GS races before retiring in 1984.
It was Miller’s second podium of the weekend, following a third-place finish Friday in super combined. He also moved into second place in the points, behind Austrian Benjamin Raich. Through 20 races, Raich has 890 points and Miller has 611.
Sullivan, who finished in 2:32.34, said he felt he should have done better on the 2.5K course.
“Seventh is good ” top 10 is always good ” but I was looking for more today,” Sullivan said. “I really messed up on a couple of turns I’d been focusing on this week. But, I’m skiing well and that’s good going into Kitzbuehel [Austria] next weekend. You need your ‘A Game’ for Kitz.”
Despite Sullivan’s disappointment, U.S. Coach Chris Brigham noted it was his best performance in Wengen.
“He skied well up top but had some trouble in the turns on the bottom of the run, and he knows he needs to work on that,” the coach said. “But Marco’s skiing well. That’s good with Kitz coming up next.”
World Cup leader Nicole Hosp of Austria padded her points lead Sunday by winning a World Cup slalom in Maribor, Slovenia, while Americans Lindsey Vonn was 17th and Julia Mancuso of Olympic Valley 24th.
Hosp, the defending World Cup overall champion, won in 1:40.55. Vonn finished in 1:42.92 and Mancuso 1:43.58.
“Lindsey came from starting 31st in the first run to be 15th, and that was a solid run.
And Jules just was hammered in that first run with a downpour and could hardly see, so for her to qualify was good, too,” said U.S. Coach Chris Knight. “But they both struggled to find the rhythm in the second run.”
The next men’s stop is Kitzbuehel for the 68th Hahnenkamm Race Week. The schedule calls for a super G Friday, the fabled Hahnenkamm DH Saturday and a slalom Sunday
The women’s tour heads next to Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, for two super Gs and a downhill starting Friday.
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