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Bode Miller wins World Cup downhill by large margin over Didier Cuche

Bode Miller wins World Cup downhill by large margin over Didier Cuche

Bode Miller skied a near-flawless run Saturday to win a World Cup downhill by 0.40 seconds over Didier Cuche of Switzerland.
The American went down the Olympic course in 1 minute, 46.16 seconds to capture his third downhill victory of the season.
"It was good, I really pushed it hard," Miller said.
Cuche, the defending World Cup downhill champion, was a distant runner-up in a race where often only a few hundreds of a second separate skiers.
Werner Heel of Italy, who won Friday's downhill for his first World Cup victory, finished third, 0.75 behind.
"Yesterday, after only one training run, I really didn't feel I could go 100 percent," Miller said. "Today, I knew what it was going to feel like. I knew the bumps. I cleaned up a few of the spots where I had trouble yesterday.
"I made a couple of new mistakes today. But the mistakes I made were kind of small and they don't really hurt your time so much."
Miller posted the fastest split times from top to bottom on the 3,035-meter (1.9 miles) course.
"I hit really hard on the first big turn. I was pretty smooth up there and carried a lot of speed on the flats," he said.
Miller increased his lead in the overall standings over Cuche and now leads him 1,283 points to 1,118 with seven races left. Five of them will be held March 12-16 at the World Cup finals in Bormio, Italy.
Former overall champion Benjamin Raich stayed at 1,058 points and dropped to third. The Austrian skied out and finished out of the points for the second straight day. Each win is worth 100 points.
Miller does not want to think about the overall yet.
"We have to wait and see. There are seven races left _ that's a lot of points. You can never count Benny out in the overall," said Miller, who in 2005 became the first American since Phil Mahre in 1983 to win the men's overall title.
"When I get on the course, the last thing I'm thinking about is the overall. I just push it. If I push it too hard, I can easily make mistakes and go out. If you go out ... no points."
In the downhill standings, only five points separate Cuche and Miller.
"The downhill title race is exactly how I'd love to have it," Miller said. "It comes down to the last race and Didier has been so strong all year, and he showed today that with no mistakes, he's right there. (The) Bormio (downhill) is going to be a challenge."
Miller, who finished second in Friday's downhill, became the fourth winner from the United States at Kvitfjell since Tommy Moe won Olympic gold on the same hill during the 1994 Lillehammer Games.
The other two Americans _ Marco Sullivan and Steven Nyman _ both crashed into a safety net coming into the final turn in Saturday's race. Both escaped unhurt. Sullivan, who won his first World Cup downhill in late January, also crashed in Friday's race.
Kvitfjell's course has suited American racers throughout the years.
Kyle Rasmussen won a World Cup downhill and finished third in a super-G in 1995. Daron Rahlves won back-to-back downhills in 2000, a super-G in 2004 and finished third in another super-G in 2005.
The meet concludes with a super-G on Sunday.


Updated : 2021-06-19 12:41 GMT+08:00