Bode Miller, Marco Sullivan 2-3 in Wengen Downhill

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on January 18, 2009 12:00 pm

If ever a course was designed by a video game, it would be the Wengen Downhill.    Crazy fast, steep turns rocketing into back alley cat track trails, zooming under a bridge… You get the idea.  A truly unique and amazing course.  Bode Miller won here last year, and nearly repeated the result Saturday, finishing second to Didier Degago of Switzerland.  Miller has a bad left ankle, the result of clipping a gate in Beaver Creek.  "It’s only in the ski boot that it hurts. It’s a little bit frustrating on these downhills where there’s a lot of really hard left turns. I just don’t have the power to do what I want to do."  Still, 80% of Bode is still pretty incredible, and his gritty performance underscores that point.  A nice bright spot in what has been a difficult year for Miller.   "I’m probably less concerned with the lack of results this year than a lot of people are. It’s always frustrating when you ski well. I’ve been skiing well all season, in all the events except maybe in GS, but I haven’t had any results to speak of," Miller said.

Marco Sullivan of Lake Tahoe notched his third career podium finish, and his best showing on the famed Lauberhorn course. 

photo: courtesy of Head Skis

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