Miller takes the risks and is rewarded with the win
Bode Miller took the 33rd win of his career, and third in Beaver Creek, with this super impressive performance in the downhill. Miller put in “an amazing run from top to bottom,” according to the Head coach of the American Team as he got back to winning ways; this was his first win since Wengen in 2010 and his first Downhill win since 2008.
Miller started 12 and this unusual early start for him had him slightly nervous in the start, he admitted afterwards. It was hard to see this as he took to the course. Miller is one of the top racers to watch and he was a man on a mission this time: he took an attacking line, tucked in places he had not tucked before and when he crossed the line to grab the lead from fellow HEAD Rebel, Johan Clarey (who would end up placing fourth), Miller had put his all in to the race.
With all of the top racers still to come, including winner of the previous downhill in Lake Louise, Didier Cuche, Miller knew that “It was just a matter of sit and wait to see if I’d done enough.”
With Miller down and a great time set, the rest had to attack. One by one they came down and Miller’s time stood proud. Beat Feuz almost stole the show but crossed the line 0.04 behind the HEAD racer with Klaus Kroell in third, Clarey in fourth and Aksel Lund Svindal made it three HEAD rebels in the top five.
"I love to ski the way I did today. When I came across the finish line I was 100% satisfied, and it's great to have it coincide with a win," explained Miller after the race."It was tactics - being able to commit to taking that kind of risk. It's really demanding on this hill. You see how tight the course is. If you try to back off in any spot, a few tenths can slip away from you and I didn't back off anywhere. I had my foot on the gas the whole time."
Sasha Reirick, head coach to the US team summed up the win for Bode: "Our serviceman, Tschunti, did an amazing job. Bode had fast skis, especially through the top flats. Tschunti's been doing this a long long time and today was his first downhill win as a serviceman – he's won in all other disciplines but not downhill, so big congrats and great job by Head and his team."
1. Bode Miller (USA) HEAD
2. Beat Feuz (SUI)
3. Klaus Kroell (AUT)
4. Johan Clarey (FRA) HEAD
5. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
9. Didier Cuche (SUI) HEAD
11. Guillermo Fayed (FRA) HEAD
21. Hans Olsson (SWE) HEAD
22. Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD
25. Tobias Stechert (GER) HEAD
26. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD