Olympic Champion Bode Miller finished within .01 of a first place victory today in the first of two Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhills in Chamonix. His narrow second place finish was caused by Klaus Kroell who snatched the first Austrian speed win of the season. Swiss Didier Cuche finished in third.
Sasha Rearick, men’s Head Coach spoke of Bode’s amazing performance, “Bode [Miller] skied amazing on the top. It was just awesome skiing. It will be interesting to see everyone else try that line tomorrow.”
This second place victory marks Miller’s fourth World Cup podium this season. “It’s tough. There’s so many places where a hundredth can come or go. I didn’t really have a great reach for the finish line, which I always try to do well. That’s the worst place to lose it, right out of the start or right at the finish line”, said Miller.
Today’s race was held to make up for the Val Gardena downhill in Italy which was canceled due to heavy winds. A second downhill is scheduled for Saturday in Chamonix.
“I saw all the guys skiing with confidence and that’s put them in a position to be competitive. It’s great to have another downhill tomorrow for us to continue to build”, said Rearick.
Universal Sports will air the race at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET