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Bode Miller Getting Closer; Fifth In Lauberhorn Downhill

Bode Miller at Beaver Creek 2013Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller, from Franconia, N.H. finished fifth, just .35 behind the winner Patrick Kueng of Switzerland in a wind-shortened 85th running of the Lauberhorn downhill World Cup in Wengen, Switzerland.

The whipping winds at the upper half of the famed race course caused the shortening by a minute of what is traditionally the longest downhill on the Audi FIS World Cup circuit.

Miller was flawless in the turny middle portion of the course, but made a small mistake just above the finish that likely kept him off the podium. Keunig’s win on his home mountain in a time of 1:32.66. It was his first World Cup downhill win.

“It was pretty windy at the start,” Miller said, “but it was a straight tailwind behind you, so I waited in the start as long as I could hoping the wind would come up because it was there for a few guys… On a race course this short you have to take a lot of risk and you have to be willing to make it stick.”

Jared Goldberg, from Holladay, Utah, followed up his 20th place finish Friday in the super combined to go from bib number 40 to 12th spot. Marco Sullivan, from Squaw Valley, Calif., was 16th and Travis Ganong, also from Squaw, was 28th. Ted Ligety, who won Friday’s super combined, opted to sit out the downhill and rest for Sunday’s slalom – a discipline in which he has been quickly challenging.

A women’s downhill scheduled at Cortina, Italy was postponed by bad weather and has been rescheduled for Sunday.

Photo: Bode Miller in Beaver Creek World Cup downhill (Jack Affleck, Vail Resorts/USST)
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