Olympic Champion Bode Miller took third place today in the Wengen Super combined in Switzerland today. This marks his third World Cup podium of the season, and 74th of his 15 year career. Miller came in second during the downhill portion of the competition but still managed to hold on to podium real estate as Crotia’s Ivica Kostelic earned his third first place finish of the season.
Despite earning a very respectable third place finish, Bode was not content with anything below first place, “The whole day was extremely frustrating. Slalom was miserable. It’s not been going well. I had two or three runs that went well in training but from the moment I came out of the starting gate I knew it was not going to be a good day.”
Today’s victory was the seventh podium for Miller in the super combined, and ninth time he has podium in the famous Swiss alpine village of Wengen.
Fellow teammate, Ted Ligety moved up from 19th in the downhill to finish sixth which jumps him to third in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall standings. Ligety cites confidence as the key obstacle in today’s performance, “The course setting was pretty easy and the snow was surprisingly good. I skied well at the top but was way too conservative down the pitch. I wasn’t confident enough to go for it.”
“A top-10 finish is fine but it’s not really what I was hoping for”, says Ligety.
Universal Sports will air the Wengen super combined at 9:30 p.m. ET
Photography by Malcolm Carmichael/Alpine Canada