Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Bode off to winning start

GS victor in Austria


American skiing ace Bode Miller has the goal of becoming the first U.S. Ski Team racer to win the overall World Cup title since Phil Mahre in 1983. Sunday, he took the first step.

Carrabassett Valley Ski Academy product Miller captured the 13th World Cup win of his career by cruising to first place by more than one second in the season-opening men?s giant slalom at Soelden, Austria.

Miller (2:16.44) finished ahead of Massimiliano Blardone of Italy (2:17.61). Returning after surgery to his left knee last season, American Erik Schlopy (2:18.74) placed 17th.


Sweden?s Anja Paerson, the defending World Cup women?s queen, won Saturday?s women?s GS at Soelden. Two-time Olympian Kristina Koznick of Minnesota was fourth.

Next men?s races are a downhill and super giant slalom Nov. 27-28 at Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies, while the women start the Aspen Winternational Nov. 26-28 at Aspen, Colo. for a GS and two slaloms.




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