Bode Miller takes Olympic downhill bronze, Swiss Didier Defago wins gold

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 15, 2010 12:30 pm

We just skied down from the Olympic downhill course where we were watching from the sidelines. Even though we weren’t in the finish area (tickets sold out and then sold out again when the event date was moved), the crowds were still thick with international contingents screaming for all of the athletes.

Fans chanted, “Bode, Bode, Bode,” over and over–well after the U.S. Ski Team athlete flew down the course. After a disappointing go at the Torino Olympics in 2006, Bode made good on his plan to deliver, and he did. In spite of missing summer training and getting a late start on the World Cup Alpine tour, Miller managed to claim the bronze medal today at the Winter Games.

“I made some mistakes, so it was a little frustrating to miss Didier by nine hundredths,” Miller told CTV after his run. “But I’m going to make less and less mistakes, and get on top of the podium.”

Miller will next race on Friday in the Super G event.

As for the Olympic downhill, the Swiss again continued their reign over the Austrians, with Didier Defago claiming the gold with a time of 1:54:31. Norwegian star Aksel Lund Svindal won the silver, in 1:54:38. (Miller finished with a 1:54:40.)