Bode Miller Twelfth in World Championship Super G

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 4, 2009 3:00 am

Superstar Lindsey Vonn might want to give the American men some pointers as her U.S. teammates didn’t fare so well in the turny super G at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Val d’Isere. Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) was the top American, finishing twelfth—not his best finish, but still nothing to sneeze at.

Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), however, caught an edge hard enough to release his ski, and slid hundreds of yards down the hill on his back, spread out like a starfish before flying off course into the netting.
" I’m not hurt at all,” Ligety said. “It was just a little bumpy and it burned a little bit going down because I was going pretty fast.”

Ligety apparently had trouble adjusting to the difference in conditions between the top and bottom parts of the course. "It goes from softer snow on the top to really icy snow on the bottom and you have to make that adjustment," Ligety said.

Even though Ligety immediately got on the radio to alert his teammates to the hill’s trickiness, Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) missed a gate and skied off course, and earlier, Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) crossed his tips and skied way out before muscling his way back into the line, finishing 39th.
"I was the first guy down so I didn’t get a course report. I was trying to execute on it but it felt different than I had expected," Weibrecht said.

In spite of the tricky snow conditions, the weather in Val d’Isere couldn’t have been better. The fans took advantage of the bluebird skies, and several sunbathed shirtless on the side of the course.

Swiss skier Didier Cuche won the race, and powered down the icy slope with a time of 1:19.41. Even he seemed to slide through most of his turns however, like all of his fellow racers. Italian Christof Innerhofer held the lead early on, and ever the technician, hung on tight as he skied with marked aggression. He wasn’t his usual smiley self in the finish area, however. All business.

He had reason for concern, as Didier Cuche overtook him by 1.07 seconds, kicking his ski off in the finish, spinning it like a rock star. Cuche wiped away tears in the staging area, as he watched the others come down with slower times.

Italian Peter Fill was the next athlete to present a threat, as he smoothly sliced through the course and moved into second place, .99 seconds behind Cuche. Norwegian star Aksel Lund Svindal took the bronze.


Val d’Isere, France – Feb. 4, 2009
Men’s Super G

1. Didier Cuche, Switzerland, 1:19.41

2. Peter Fill, Italy, 1:20.40

3. Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway, 1:20.43

4. Christof Innerhofer, Italy, 1:20.48

5. Benjamin Raich, Austria, 1:20.56


12. Bode Miller, Franconia, NH, 1:21.84

39. Andrew Weibrecht, Lake Placid, NY, 1:27.48

DNF: Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA), Ted Ligety (Park City, UT)