Bode Miller wins Lauberhorn combined at Wengen


Bode MillerBode Miller won his first race in a season and a half Friday (Jan. 15) capturing the 80th Lauberhorn combined at Wengen, Switzerland. Miller claimed the morning downhill leg then ran a smart slalom leg to take the win away from the hosts as Swiss Carlo Janka was second and Silvan Zurbriggen third.

Ted Ligety posted fifth matching his second best Cup result all-time in the two event discipline. World Cup standings leader Benjamin Raich was fourth with the fastest slalom time.

It is the 32nd World Cup victory for Miller, the U.S. record holder and his sixth win in combined. He is the first American to win a World Cup combined at Wengen and the first to win the Lauberhorn combined since Buddy Werner in 1958.

Despite a couple of “big” errors in the downhill leg, Miller won the run, a result that has him looking forward to the speed run tomorrow. It was his equipment, however, that had him completely amped after the race.

“It was a great day, a breakthrough day in my equipment,” he explained. “Today was the first day I had a downhill set up I really felt I could win on.” He even used the same boots for both the downhill and the slalom something he said he had never done before. “My first turns on the boots and skis (in slalom) were in the race. No warm-up or anything. I feel I have the set up now in all four disciplines where I can be a threat to win and be on the podium and it’s been a long time since I felt that way.”

Miller said his execution was lacking, that he was fortunate to have won the downhill leg after taking a tour of the soft snow in Canadian Corner. And while he blistered the middle of the slalom course, he added, “I skied with the emergency brake on most of the way,” something that is tricky since the slalom ski set-up is a difficult one to tame down. “If I back off it doesn’t work very well,” he said. “It kind of bounces.”

Ligety was more concerned with getting a finish down a slalom course than he was trying to snag a win. That he wound up as strongly as fifth is remarkable considering.

“I knew I had to make up time, so I was trying to go hard, but I wanted to make to the finish line, too. I think I was more toward the side of taking it easy. I wanted to get a little confidence, get to the finish and not be too slow.”

“Ted had an impressive downhill run for his ability and experience,” said head coach Sasha Rearick. “Fantasic execution.”

Rearick was also obviously glad the men’s team had finally corralled a win. “Hearing the national anthem, that feels good.” He commended Miller’s downhill run and called the slalom effort, “smart, solid tactical skiing, and that’s what he needs to do to win races.”

With Miller’s late start to the season – he didn’t decide to return to the U.S. Ski Team and compete this year until September – he’s figuring this win signals he is right where he needs to be in order to be ready for the Vancouver Olympics in February.

“That was the idea. When I came back we started looking at my program and where I was going to peak and ski strong. … This couple of weeks, Wengen, Kitzbuehel and then carry it right into the Games. It was a kind of natural peak of things.”

Now, he indicates, it’s a matter of being able to put down “extreme winning runs, where you beat everybody whether they ski their best or not. … With the set-ups I have now I feel like anybody can ski their best and I can go down and beat them if I ski well.”

Miller photos by GEPA

The SCOOP
By Hank McKee

Equipment
Men’s super combined, Wengen, Switzerland, Jan. 15, 2010

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Miller, Head/Head/Head
2 Janka, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
3 Zurbriggen, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol
4 Raich, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
5 Ligety, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
6 Kostelic, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
7 Bank, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
8 Svindal, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
9 Defago, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol
10 Innerhofer, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

Men’s super combined, Wengen, Switzerland, Jan. 15, 2010
. … It is the first race of the 80th annual Lauberhorn. … It is the 18th race of the men’s 35 race 2010 World Cup schedule. … The third of four scheduled combineds. … It is the 87th World Cup race at Wengen (at least in part). … the 20th combined.

It is the 32nd career World Cup win for Bode Miller, extending the U.S. record. … It is his sixth combined win. … It is his first win since March 1, 2008 when he won a DH at Kvitfjell, Norway. … It is his third win at Wengen having twice won the Lauberhorn DH (2007 and 2008). … It is the 205th U.S. World Cup win and the seventh this season. … It is the first U.S. win of the season for anyone other than Lindsey Vonn. … He is the first American since Buddy Werner (’58) to win the Lauberhorn combined.

It is the 11th career World Cup podium for Carlo Janka. … his fourth in combined. … He won the Wengen combined last season. … It is his seventh podium of the season in 10 completed races and his second combined podium of the season having won at Beaver Creek in December.

It is the seventh career World Cup podium for Silvan Zurbriggen. … his fifth in combined. … He has been third in combined at Wengen three times (2007, 2009 and 2010). … It is his second podium of the season, the first in slalom at Alta Badia.

It is the 32nd career World cup top five for Ted Ligety. … his fourth in combined. … He has never placed better than fourth in combined. … It is the second time he has placed fifth in combined at Wengen (2008). … It is his fourth top five of the season and his first score in combined this season. … It is the first score of the season for Ryan Semple and his first since March 9, 2007 at Kvitfjell when he also placed 23rd in combined.

Benjamin Raich (4th in race) maintains the lead of the World Cup overall standings 689-657 over Janka. … Aksel Lund Svindal (8th in race) moves past Didier Cuche (DNS SL) into third 486-481. … Ted Ligety is in seventh overall with 362pts. … Miller moves to ninth with 318pts. … Manny Obsorne-Paradis (DNS SL) is the top Canadian in 13th place with 268pts.  … Raich also leads the combined standings 186-180 over Janka with Miller third at 145. … Semple is the lone Canadian on that list in 42nd place with 8pts. … Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup 4832-3785 over Switzerland. … Italy is third at 2973. … The U.S. is fifth at 2421 and Canada eighth at 1538.

Place   Wengen
(SUI)
  Discipline   Super Combined
Date   15.01.2010   Category   FIS World Cup
Race codex   1446   Gender   M
Valid for FIS Points   YES   TD Name   Yout Emmanuel (FRA)
       
  
Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  6  532431 MILLER Bode  1977  USA   1:46.91  49.05  2:35.96  0.00
 2  19  511313 JANKA Carlo  1986  SUI   1:47.60  48.73  2:36.33  2.94
 3  18  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan  1981  SUI   1:48.87  47.51  2:36.38  3.34
 4  22  50625 RAICH Benjamin  1978  AUT   1:49.32  47.35  2:36.67  5.65
 5  31  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA   1:49.24  47.99  2:37.23  10.10
 6  9  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO   1:49.62  47.70  2:37.32  10.81
 7  25  150398 BANK Ondrej  1980  CZE   1:49.36  48.05  2:37.41  11.53
 8  17  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR   1:48.61  48.92  2:37.53  12.48
 9  15  510727 DEFAGO Didier  1977  SUI   1:49.63  48.12  2:37.75  14.23
 10  10  293006 INNERHOFER Christof  1984  ITA   1:48.94  48.88  2:37.82  14.79
 11  3  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil  1985  NOR   1:49.56  48.30  2:37.86  15.11
 12  7  511383 FEUZ Beat  1987  SUI   1:48.63  49.65  2:38.28  18.45
 13  30  192746 THEAUX Adrien  1984  FRA   1:48.61  49.68  2:38.29  18.53
 14  2  291459 PARIS Dominik  1989  ITA   1:47.76  50.55  2:38.31  18.68
 15  47  501076 OLSSON Hans  1984  SWE   1:49.84  48.71  2:38.55  20.59
 16  14  421400 MYHRE Lars Elton  1984  NOR   1:50.86  47.95  2:38.81  22.66
 17  40  560447 SPORN Andrej  1981  SLO   1:48.37  50.54  2:38.91  23.45
 18  37  192932 FAYED Guillermo  1985  FRA   1:49.81  49.53  2:39.34  26.87
 19  1  51327 PUCHNER Joachim  1987  AUT   1:48.46  51.01  2:39.47  27.91
 20  39  511139 KUENG Patrick  1984  SUI   1:48.57  50.96  2:39.53  28.38
 20  27  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas  1984  FRA   1:51.20  48.33  2:39.53  28.38
 22  11  292491 MOELGG Manfred  1982  ITA   1:51.93  47.62  2:39.55  28.54
 23  48  102403 SEMPLE Ryan  1982  CAN   1:50.56  49.06  2:39.62  29.10
 24  13  511352 VILETTA Sandro  1986  SUI   1:50.67  49.27  2:39.94  31.64
 25  4  292291 THANEI Stefan  1981  ITA   1:48.43  51.53  2:39.96  31.80
 26  23  50041 WALCHHOFER Michael  1975  AUT   1:49.64  50.55  2:40.19  33.63
 27  49  201606 KEPPLER Stephan  1983  GER   1:49.59  50.96  2:40.55  36.49
 28  43  292831 PIERUZ Aronne  1983  ITA   1:50.71  49.91  2:40.62  37.05
 29  26  290998 STAUDACHER Patrick  1980  ITA   1:49.90  50.76  2:40.66  37.37
 30  28  191778 PICHOT Sebastien  1981  FRA   1:51.28  49.69  2:40.97  39.83
 31  34  560332 JERMAN Andrej  1978  SLO   1:49.87  51.23  2:41.10  40.87
 32  44  201900 WAGNER Hannes  1986  GER   1:50.91  50.21  2:41.12  41.03
 33  61  534959 JITLOFF Tim  1985  USA   1:51.85  49.29  2:41.14  41.18
 34  51  201987 STRODL Andreas  1987  GER   1:49.94  51.24  2:41.18  41.50
 35  38  511039 KREUZER Ralf  1983  SUI   1:48.67  52.64  2:41.31  42.54
 36  29  501026 RAINER Niklas  1983  SWE   1:50.99  51.05  2:42.04  48.34
 37  55  150594 TREJBAL Filip  1985  CZE   1:53.98  48.39  2:42.37  50.96
 38  21  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko  1986  CRO   1:53.50  49.06  2:42.56  52.47
 39  50  380291 RATKIC Ivan  1986  CRO   1:52.43  50.81  2:43.24  57.88
 40  54  20174 VIDOSA Roger  1984  AND   1:53.24  50.54  2:43.78  62.17
 41  57  30149 SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier  1980  ARG   1:54.44  49.53  2:43.97  63.69
 42  12  480736 HOROSHILOV Alexandr  1984  RUS   1:52.07  52.03  2:44.10  64.72
Disqualified 2nd run
   59  430429 BYDLINSKI Maciej  1988  POL         
   8  500656 LARSSON Markus  1979  SWE         
Disqualified 1st run
   60  60159 VAN BUYNDER Frederik  1988  BEL         
   42  51332 SCHEIBER Florian  1987  AUT         
Did not start 2nd run
   63  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel  1984  CAN         
   62  50753 KROELL Klaus  1980  AUT         
   56  150421 ZAHROBSKY Petr  1980  CZE         
   33  51005 SCHEIBER Mario  1983  AUT         
   32  50858 STREITBERGER Georg  1981  AUT         
   24  510030 CUCHE Didier  1974  SUI         
Did not start 1st run
   36  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo  1985  ITA         
Did not finish 2nd run
   58  700724 BABUSIAK Jaroslav  1984  SVK         
   53  561085 KRIZAJ Andrej  1986  SLO         
   52  990081 CASSE Mattia  1990  ITA         
   46  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew  1986  USA         
   45  561087 MARKIC Gasper  1986  SLO         
   41  103090 HELIE Louis-Pierre  1986  CAN         
   35  191740 CLAREY Johan  1981  FRA         
   16  191459 LIZEROUX Julien  1979  FRA         
   5  150644 KRYZL Krystof  1986  CZE         
Did not finish 1st run
   20  51215 BAUMANN Romed  1986  AUT       

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