Olympic Champion Bode Miller wowed the crowds Sochi with an incredibly precise run that resulted in a fourth place finish in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup test of the Olympic Winter Games downhill. Miller narrowly missed taking third by two hundredths of a second! Swiss Beat Feuz won on his 25th birthday to move within 50 points of World Cup overall leader Ivica Kostelic of Croatia. Canadian Ben Thomsen was second for the first podium of his career followed by Adrien Theaux of France in a test event witnessed by the Russian President Dimitry Medvedev.
Miller carried the green leader light through the first two timing intervals before his skis hooked up on the middle of the course forcing him to speed check as he entered the jump section.
This was the first time the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup had ever been staged in Russia. Miller praised the venue as one of the best alpine competition slopes he’s ever experienced.
“The setup of this hill is good, the jumps are awesome – they’re huge as you can see, but they have good landings and straight take-offs, so it sets up for a great natural downhill. But they do have to figure out how much risk they’re willing to take with the course set.”
The final super combined of the season will be staged Sunday in Sochi. Ted Ligety did not start in order to rest for his super combined.