Bode Miller put his go-for-broke style temporarily in check yesterday and won a World Cup giant slalom for the second time this season. Miller's daring on the...
VAL D’ISERE, France Bode Miller put his go-for-broke style temporarily in check yesterday and won a World Cup giant slalom for the second time this season.
Miller’s daring on the slope has become his signature, but the overall World Cup leader understood a bit of restraint was called for this time.
“The first run, I definitely held back,” said Miller, who is from Franconia, N.H. “I didn’t push 100 percent. Second run, I let go but made some bad turns.”
Miller had a combined time of 2 minutes, 20.66 seconds. Lasse Kjus of Norway finished second in 2:20.95, climbing from fifth place. Hermann Maier of Austria was third in 2:20.99. Daron Rahlves of Sugar Bowl, Calif., was 15th.
“It’s such a tough course,” said Miller, who won his weight in local wine about 90 bottles in addition to more than $30,000 in prize money. “There are lots of blind turns, there’s a lot of speed for a GS and it’s a long course, distancewise. You can’t afford to make a tactical mistake.”
Miller has won five World Cup events this season. He leads the standings with 630 points, 291 ahead of second-place Maier.
ZAUCHENSEE, Austria Finland’s Tanja Poutiainen captured her second straight slalom to regain the lead in the overall World Cup standings.
She had a combined time of 1 minute, 39.88 seconds, edging Austria’s Marlies Schild by 0.03 seconds. Croatia’s Janica Kostelic was third in 1:40.53. Sarah Schleper of Vail, Colo., finished seventh, making the top 10 for the first time this season.
Norwegian men won a 40-kilometer World Cup cross-country relay over Italy, and Russian women triumphed in a 20-kilometer relay in Tesero, Italy.
Germany’s Sven Fischer and France’s Sandrine Bailly won pursuit races at a World Cup biathlon meet in Oslo, Norway.
Fischer covered the 12.5-kilometer course in 33 minutes, 40.62 seconds and missed two targets. Bailly’s winning time in a 10-kilometer pursuit was 33:45:31. She missed two targets.
Finland’s Janne Ahonen won a World Cup ski jump in Harrachov, Czech Republic, for his fifth victory of the season.
Russia finished first in a four-man World Cup bobsled race in Igls, Austria, edging a U.S. team led by Todd Hays by 0.26 seconds. Russia had a two-run time of 1 minute, 42.12 seconds.
Wang Manli of China won a 500-meter World Cup long-track speedskating race in Beijing, her fourth victory in nine days. Beorn Nijenhuis of the Netherlands kept his lead in the 1,000-meter standings.
Wang was timed in 38.71 seconds, finishing 0.04 seconds ahead of Belarus’ Anzhelika Kotyuga.