Miller returns with third in Hinterstoder Super G
Bode Miller decided to skip the races in Chamonix to spend time with his daughter and do some training. Miller returned fresh and fast and posted fast top split times as he battled his way down the Hannes Trinkl slope in Hinterstoder. Trinkl, the 2001 winner of the Downhill World Title on HEAD skis, was watching in the crowd. In 2006, when this race was last run, Miller took the race plaudits and the win yet was unable to add to his “win’s” column this time as he lost time on the lower section of the course.
In the perfect conditions Miller was looking fresh and fast. The top of the course saw Miller in supreme form and then across the sun drenched lower section he lost valuable time. In the finish his time was good for second place behind Hannes Reichelt. Reichelt had dislodged Werner Heel from the lead (Heel would go on to finish in eighth place, reaffirming his position as one of the top Super G racers on the World Cup). No sooner had Miller finished then Benni Raich dislodged him down to third.
With the top seeds still to come, Miller was sitting in a precarious position but on the podium. But try as they might, the top three managed to hold on to their spots as racer after racer made errors or attacked too much in trying to get on the podium. “Bode came out and hustles top to bottom, and just wanted to go, go, go,” said U.S men’s head coach Sasha Rearick, who thought Miller was one mistake from today’s win. “It was cool to see him put down those runs where you know he’s got some speed.” Miller himself said after the race: "It was a tactical race and I went to the limits, but the course set made you feel awkward on your skis. I'm always trying to win races, but a podium finish is pretty encouraging."
Kjetil Jansrud was the first of the HEAD racers down from a start number of 4 and put in a clean and tidy run to take the provisional lead. When Werner Heel then bettered the time Kroell had posted that dislodged Jansrud from the lead, it looked like the HEAD racers were determined to better anything that the rest could post.
An off day for Aksel Lund Svindal and Didier Cuche in the end gave Bode Miller his first podium in Super G since Kvitfjell in 2008. Nine racers made it into the point scoring positions for HEAD in the Super G including a first point scoring result for 21 year old Matthias Mayer from Austria.
In Arber the HEAD girls were unable to have their last race before the World Championships as the wind came in and meant that the Giant Slalom has been postponed until Sunday.
1. Hannes Reichelt
2. Benni Raich
3. Bode Miller (USA) HEAD
8. Werner Heel (ITA) HEAD
14. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
16. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
17. Patrick Staudacher (ITA) HEAD
19. Didier Cuche (SUI) HEAD
21. Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD
23. Mathias Mayer (AUT) HEAD
28. Gauthier de Tessieres (FRA) HEAD