Bode Miller fifth in super combined at Val D as Austrians dominate podium

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on December 11, 2009 11:21 am

When Bode Miller announced to a full house of press in September that the he would be returning to the U.S. Ski Team, it was understood that it would take time for Bode to round into top form.  That rounding continues at good pace for the fastest vegetarian on skis, as Miller finished fifth today in the World Cup super combined at Val d’Isere France.

“The skiing is fine, but the fitness is still a problem. Today in the super G I was pretty tired in the bottom and not skiing very well. Then it was the same in the slalom – just a little bit fatigued,” Miller said. “I can make the recoveries, but the execution isn’t as crisp and sharp as it should be. I think it will just take some time.”

It’s only mid-December and come mid-January we should see Miller in top form.  Still, the fact that Miller is yet to ski his best, finishing fifth says much about his otherworldly talent on two planks

“It was a great job by Bode. He came out and skied solid in the super G and solid in the slalom. He got hung up a little in the slalom, but fought hard to stay in,” head coach Sasha Rearick said. “He skied a tactically smart race to score some points.”

Park City’s Teg Ligety was in 13th after the super-G portion of the super combined, but hooked a tip in the slalom portion.  “Ted was going hard to try to get on the podium. He was skiing fast enough to be on any podium in any World Cup but he threw his feet out coming out of a pretty big flush and there was a big shelf there. It was the one place where he couldn’t do that,” Rearick said. “But, he’s skiing fast and he’s got to keep that intensity for the super G and GS coming up tomorrow.”

Early season sensation Andrew Weibrecht did not finish his first run and gets the “DNF” tag.

It was an all Austrian podium, with Benjamin Raich in first, Marcel Hirscher in second, and Romed Baumann sharing third with Italy’s Manfred Moelgg.

 – Val d’Isere, France – Dec. 11, 2009
 – Super Combined

1. Benjamin Raich, Austria, 2:07.71

2. Marcel Hirscher, Austria, 2:08.60

3. Manfred Moelgg, Italy, 2:09.26

3. Romed Baumann, Austria, 2:09.26

5. Bode Miller, Franconia, NH, 2:09.40

DNF2: Ted Ligety, Park City, UT

DNF1: Andrew Weibrecht, Lake Placid, NY

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