Bode Miller tempts fate with risky win at Beaver Creek


Saying he was nervous in the start “Because I knew the kind of risk I was about to take,” Bode Miller stuck to his game plan and attacked Beaver Creek’s Bird of Prey course for his 33rd World Cup victory and third downhill win at Beaver Creek.

Miller was fast enough that he was really only challenged by two skiers, Swiss Beat Feuz finished a scant .04 back and Austrian Klaus Kroell who came within .14 of topping America’s greatest male ski racer.

“There was nothing more I could do up there today,” said Miller. “I took as aggressive a line as I’ve ever skied here and it was almost error free.”

He said he was happy, satisfied and could only hope, when he skied in bib 12, that he had done enough to stay ahead of the pack. Fact is, he was way ahead of the pack, save for Feuz and Kroell, both of who skied after him. Never one to focus purely on victory but more interested in how well he skis, this race answered any questions he had about his preparation for the season.

“I’m really happy,” said Miller. “Sometimes it’s all about the win, sometimes it’s all about the skiing, this hill is a true test, I think. Technically I skied as well as I’ve ever skied so I’m really happy.”

If he hadn’t skied that well, he said, he might well have ended up in hospital. “I’m not afraid to say it, it’s a miracle, the stuff I pulled off on the pitch, it doesn’t work all the time, it’s 2 or 3 out of 10 times, you try that and it works, the other 6 out of 10, you end up in the fence and one time you end up in the hospital.”

For the American crowd the U.S. win was enough to keep them pumped up and load, but beyond Miller the next best finish came from GS champion Ted Ligety in 22nd place. Ligety had skipped the final training run in favor of additional GS training while the remaining members of the speed team failed to score well. Marco Sullivan, with his usual large group of supporters here, posted 28th and Erik Fisher looked to be coming into form in 29th. Andrew Weibrecht and Travis Ganong missed scoring any points beyond the top 30.

The Canadians had Jan Hudec and Erik Guay, both struggling to return to their best form from injury, back to back in 16th and 17th.

Miller photos by GEPA

The SCOOP
by Hank McKee

Men’s World Cup Downhill, Beaver Creek, USA, Dec. 2, 2011
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Miller, Head/Head/Head
2 Feuz, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
3 Kroell, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
4 Clarey, Head/Head/Head
5 Svindal, Head/Head/Head
6 Bertrand, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
7 Fill, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
8 Streitberger, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
9 Cuche, Head/Head/Head
10 Reichelt, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon

Men’s World Cup Downhill, Beaver Creek, USA Dec. 2, 2011. … It is the fourth race of the men’s 45race 2011-12 World Cup season. … the second of 11 scheduled downhills. … It is the 42nd Cup race held at the site and the 16th downhill, all men’s events. … It is the first of six races to be held at Beaver Creek over the next seven days including two men’s GS’s, a super G and a slalom and a women’s super G.

It is the 33rd career World Cup win for Bode Miller, his eighth in downhill and his third in DH at Beaver Creek, the last Dec. 1, 2006. … It is his first DH sin since March 1, 2008 at Kvitfjell. … It is the 226th American World Cup win. … the 69th in DH. … It is the third US win of the season by three different skiers.

It is the fourth career World Cup podium finish for Beat Feuz and second this season. … All four have come since last March and all in downhill.

It is the 13th career World cup podium result for Klaus Kroell and first at Beaver Creek. … He has been in the top five in three of the four men’s races held this season.

It is the second best Cup result at Beaver Creek for Jan Hudec, the other a ninth score Dec. 3, 2007. … Erik Guay matches his seventh best Beaver Creek result out 12 scoring finishes. … It is the 96th best Cup scoring result for Ted Ligety. … his third best of five downhill scores. … Robbie Dixon matches his 27th best career result and places one slot better than his previous best of the season at Lake Louise last  weekend. … It is the sixth best Beaver Creek result for Marco Sullivan. … third best in DH. … It is his third score of the season. … It is the third best of three scoring finishes at Beaver Creek for Erik Fisher.

Feuz leads the World Cup DH standings 160-129 over Cuche and Miller, tied in second. … Hudec is the top Canadian in 13th place with 37pts. … Miller moves to second on the overall standings 209-187 behind Didier Cuche (9th in race). … Aksel Lund Svindal (5th in race) is third at 185pts. … Hudec is top Canadian in tenth with 87pts. … Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup 719-562 over Switzerland. … France is third with 490pt and the U.S. fourth with 339. … Canada is seventh with 167pts.

Place   Beaver Creek (USA)   Discipline   Downhill
Date   02.12.2011   Category   FIS World Cup
Race codex   1591   Gender   M
Valid for FIS Points   YES   TD Name   Lashley Bradford (CAN)
       
  

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  12  532431 MILLER Bode  1977  USA   1:43.82  0.00
 2  19  511383 FEUZ Beat  1987  SUI   1:43.86  0.51
 3  18  50753 KROELL Klaus  1980  AUT   1:43.96  1.79
 4  10  191740 CLAREY Johan  1981  FRA   1:44.60  9.99
 5  8  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR   1:44.78  12.30
 6  3  191591 BERTRAND Yannick  1980  FRA   1:44.80  12.55
 7  1  292455 FILL Peter  1982  ITA   1:44.82  12.81
 8  2  50858 STREITBERGER Georg  1981  AUT   1:44.89  13.71
 9  21  510030 CUCHE Didier  1974  SUI   1:44.90  13.84
 10  28  50742 REICHELT Hannes  1980  AUT   1:44.96  14.60
 11  25  192932 FAYED Guillermo  1985  FRA   1:45.01  15.24
 12  17  293006 INNERHOFER Christof  1984  ITA   1:45.06  15.89
 13  11  510727 DEFAGO Didier  1977  SUI   1:45.10  16.40
 14  16  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan  1981  SUI   1:45.27  18.58
 15  13  511139 KUENG Patrick  1984  SUI   1:45.35  19.60
 16  4  102271 HUDEC Jan  1981  CAN   1:45.40  20.24
 17  9  102263 GUAY Erik  1981  CAN   1:45.44  20.75
 18  43  53817 FRANZ Max  1989  AUT   1:45.51  21.65
 19  7  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO   1:45.63  23.19
 20  5  510767 HOFFMANN Ambrosi  1977  SUI   1:45.64  23.32
 21  6  501076 OLSSON Hans  1984  SWE   1:45.67  23.70
 22  32  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA   1:45.75  24.72
 23  24  51327 PUCHNER Joachim  1987  AUT   1:45.77  24.98
 24  35  102961 DIXON Robbie  1985  CAN   1:45.80  25.37
 25  33  201811 STECHERT Tobias  1985  GER   1:45.89  26.52
 26  31  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil  1985  NOR   1:45.90  26.65
 27  52  191964 POISSON David  1982  FRA   1:45.94  27.16
 28  37  533131 SULLIVAN Marco  1980  USA   1:46.06  28.70
 29  34  534939 FISHER Erik  1985  USA   1:46.07  28.82
 30  47  990081 CASSE Mattia  1990  ITA   1:46.09  29.08
 31  20  192746 THEAUX Adrien  1984  FRA   1:46.15  29.85
 32  36  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew  1986  USA   1:46.25  31.13
 33  38  530874 GANONG Travis  1988  USA   1:46.27  31.39
 34  14  511313 JANKA Carlo  1986  SUI   1:46.40  33.05
 35  45  500150 JAERBYN Patrik  1969  SWE   1:46.48  34.08
 36  29  292514 HEEL Werner  1982  ITA   1:46.49  34.20
 37  48  180570 ROMAR Andreas  1989  FIN   1:46.66  36.38
 38  59  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar  1987  ITA   1:46.70  36.89
 39  55  531452 BIESEMEYER Thomas  1989  USA   1:46.81  38.30
 40  54  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin  1987  CAN   1:46.89  39.33
 41  26  511529 GISIN Marc  1988  SUI   1:46.92  39.71
 42  15  560447 SPORN Andrej  1981  SLO   1:46.94  39.97
 43  42  511142 LUEOEND Vitus  1984  SUI   1:47.05  41.38
 44  23  201606 KEPPLER Stephan  1983  GER   1:47.15  42.66
 45  41  200379 SANDER Andreas  1989  GER   1:47.16  42.79
 46  40  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo  1985  ITA   1:47.26  44.07
 47  58  561216 KLINE Bostjan  1991  SLO   1:47.28  44.32
 48  63  53902 MAYER Matthias  1990  AUT   1:47.40  45.86
 49  27  291459 PARIS Dominik  1989  ITA   1:47.48  46.89
 50  44  53981 KROELL Johannes  1991  AUT   1:47.51  47.27
 51  46  930024 MAPLE Wiley  1990  USA   1:47.52  47.40
 52  49  561087 MARKIC Gasper  1986  SLO   1:47.64  48.94
 53  22  51215 BAUMANN Romed  1986  AUT   1:47.71  49.83
 54  50  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko  1986  CRO   1:47.80  50.99
 55  60  103090 HELIE Louis-Pierre  1986  CAN   1:47.84  51.50
 56  53  561067 PERKO Rok  1985  SLO   1:48.03  53.93
 57  64  561085 KRIZAJ Andrej  1986  SLO   1:48.06  54.32
 58  56  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar  1991  AUT   1:48.13  55.21
 59  61  510747 GRUENENFELDER Tobias  1977  SUI   1:48.15  55.47
 60  65  102403 SEMPLE Ryan  1982  CAN   1:48.34  57.90
 61  51  294911 PATSCHEIDER Hagen  1988  ITA   1:48.35  58.03
 62  67  531799 FORD Tommy  1989  USA   1:48.71  62.64
 63  62  103385 PRIDY Conrad  1988  CAN   1:48.75  63.16
 64  66  220874 BALDWIN TJ  1990  GBR   1:49.27  69.82
 65  57  103656 HALBERT Kelby  1990  CAN   1:49.35  70.84
Did not finish 1st run
   39  53837 KRAMER Manuel  1989  AUT     
   30  560332 JERMAN Andrej  1978  SLO   

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