Ready or not, Bode Miller hits Levi Black on Sunday

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on November 11, 2009 10:55 am

This Sunday is the return of Bode Miller.  The greatest American alpine ski racer of all time will make his World Cup debut in Levi, Finland for the first slalom of the season.  Universal Sports will be carrying the action Sunday at 10am and again at 1pm & 9pm (all times EST).

It was only a short six weeks ago that Bode sat in front of a throng of reporters at Staples Center in Los Angeles to announce his return to the U.S. Ski Team.  A hurried early season conditioning and training program has taken precedence over racing thus far, as Miller missed the first GS in Soelden.

The course at Levi is considered mild by World Cup standards.  And the snow, according to FIS Race Director Hans Pieren, is the best in years.  The Levi Black course sits 105 miles north of the Arctic Circle, where light is an issue.  The U.S. Ski Team technical specialist Tim Jitloff told, “They do turn the lights on.  By the second run it gets dark and they gotta turn those things on… The amount of light up there is pretty minimal. It’s kind of creepy.”

Miller did finish second last year in Levi, and the relative mildness of Levi Black won’t be as challenging to not being in tip-top race shape.  Bode updated his blog yesterday and had this to say about where his skiing is at:

I haven’t skied since indoor training last week. I’ve been focused on conditioning and have gotten in some good dry-land training. I was fast on the indoor although that’s not real indicative of how you’ll do in a World Cup race. I was surprised at how quickly the skiing came back. The coaches and I know that I’m not in my top form although the skiing doesn’t feel that bad. It’s just physically there are certain things that there’s just no skimping on.

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