Bode Miller warms up for Worlds with podium in Super G

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 5, 2011 6:59 am


Men’s super G
Hinterstoder, Austria – Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011
Featured Athletes: Bode Miller, Tommy Ford, Ted Ligety
Top Storylines

    * Bode Miller third for second straight speed podium
    * Miller was leading by .50 midway through the race
    * Tommy Ford 11th for a career best from the 65th start position
    * Ted Ligety 21st for second straight super G points
    * Giant slalom scheduled for Sunday with FIS Alpine World Ski Championships opening Feb. 8 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

HINTERSTODER, Austria (Feb. 5) – Five-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) was third in Saturday’s Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G for his second straight speed podium. Miller was second in the Kitzbuehel downhill then took a planned break from the World Cup tour before returning to action in Hinterstoder. Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) took advantage of a turn laden course to storm from the 65th start position to 11th for a career best as Austrians Hannes Reichelt and Benjamin Raich went 1-2.

Audi FIS Alpine World Cup
Hinterstoder, Austria – February 5, 2011
Super G

1. Hannes Reichelt, Austria, 1:43.91
2. Benjamin Raich, Austria, 1:44.25
3. Bode Miller, Franconia, NH, 1:44.84
11. Tommy Ford, Bend, OR, 1:45.28
21. Ted Ligety, Park City, UT, 1:46.41
34. Travis Ganong, Squaw Valley, CA, 1:48.07
49. Chris Frank, Windham, NY, 1:50.14
50. Steven Nyman, Sundance, UT, 1:50.15
Did not finish
Erik Fisher, Middleton, ID

For complete results:

Bode Miller
“It was a tactical race and I went to the limits, but the course set made you feel awkward on your skis. I’m always trying to win races, but a podium finish is pretty encouraging.”

“I’m always going to the worlds to win but there are so many variables. The level in men’s skiing is increasing so much that you have to take a lot of risk to win. You also need to have the right skis for that day.”

Tommy Ford
“The course was a swinger with a giant slalom skiers set and the GS skiers did well.”
“The snow was really hard and grippy, so I knew I had the opportunity to move up. The key was to push in the right areas. This is incredible motivation to go hard in tomorrow’s giant slalom.”
Head Coach Sasha Rearick
“Bode came out and hustled top-to-bottom. He just wanted to go, go, go. It was cool to see him just put down a run where you know he has tremendous speed. Unfortunately one mistake on the flat cost him the win.”
“Tommy Ford showed he’s one of the best young technical skiers in the world. When he ran it was very dark and bumpy.”
“Ted was balanced over his boards, but just over skied it. The course looked challenging and with an early number, he didn’t know how hard he could pin it. I’m sure he’s going to come out with some revenge tomorrow.”

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