Svindal nudges U.S. Ski Team’s Bode Miller off the downhill podium at Beaver Creek World Cup

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 5, 2009 11:12 am

The U.S. Ski Team’s Bode Miller brought the fire on home turf, flying down the Birds of Prey Race World Cup course, and keeping the Beaver Creek crowd on their toes. Miller took an early, easy lead reaching speeds of up to 121 km/hr, and held onto a podium position until Aksel Lund Svindal bumped MIller into fourth by .4 seconds.

Swiss skier Carlo Janka won with a time of 1.43.49 seconds, followed by his teammate Didier Cuche, who was a mere .03 seconds behind. Svindal took the bronze, missing the gold medal by just .04 seconds. 

As usual, Miller skied an exciting race, literally riding the edge and nearly falling twice. Although it wasn’t his cleanest downhill run, Miller was happy with his skiing. “It was a tough week for a lot of guys. The snow was really heavy and hard,” Miller said. “I switched boots and skis nearly every training run, and had different boots today. So it was a little bit tough to come out and feel comfortable.”

Miller remains positive, and is taking his fourth place finish (aka: the Rubber Medal) in stride. “Mistakes are acceptable when you push the way I was pushing today. Unfortunately the mistake on the pitch was a pretty big one and it was hard to get back in the line,” Miller said. “I got a little bit rotated and couldn’t hold it.”

Miller will race the GS tomorrow before heading to Val D’Isere for more speed events. There’s no question that he’ll bring his confidence with him. “Regarding my fitness, I started much much later than I ever have before. But when the conditions are fairly even, there’s no question I have the ability to win.”