Svindal leads after downhill in Winter Olympics super combined, Bode Miller 0.76 back in seventh

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on February 21, 2010 10:33 am

Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal continues his assault on the title of World’s Greatest Skier, Period.  Svindal, already with a silver in the downhill and a gold in the super G, sits atop the the leaderboard after the downhill portion of the super combined.  HIs force of personality and otherworldly ski skills have even made NBC sit-up and take notice.  A novice to these Winter Olympics might think these games were strictly an American affair, with a few foreigners mixed in, but Svindal actually received the profile treatment from NBC.  And why not?  His story of near-death at Beaver Creek and triumph a year later is inspiring no matter what country his birth certificate reads.  Svindal is a straight hero.

After the first run, Svindal leads Italy’s Dominik Paris by 0.39 seconds, and Sweden’s Carlo Janka by 0.50 seconds.  American Bode Miller is still in striking distance 0.76 seconds back, good enough for seventh place. 

“I mean there’s a lot of guys who can ski fast slalom. It’s going to come down to slalom. We kind of knew that anyway,” said Miller. “My slalom’s been coming along great. The setups are good. I feel like if I have a good slalom I could definitely do it. It’s not like I was going to hold back anyway, but I’m going to be going full gas in the slalom.”

Defending Olympic champion of the super combined, Ted Ligety, sits in 15th, 1.91 second back.


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