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Wednesday — February 18, 2004


Bode gains ground
on World Cup

Wins St. Anton slalom

Picking up steam in his drive for the 2003-04 World Cup overall championship, 26-year-old Bode Miller of New Hampshire had a great weekend at St. Anton, Austria Feb. 14-15.

Miller earned his first slalom victory of the season Sunday. In softening conditions, he attacked the second run and stretched his narrow first-run lead into a .95-second triumph over Finland’s Kalle Palander.

"This is real tough course, but my goal was to win today," said Miller, who was recently nominated by the U.S. Olympic Committee as 2003 Sportsman of the Year. "It’s been two years since I’ve won in slalom."

It was Miller’s fifth win of the winter (along with 2 giant slalom and 2 combined victories) and 11th of his career. He moved into third place in the overall standings 70 points behind leader Hermann Maier of Austria.

Three-time World Cup overall champion Maier, 31, collected the 46th win of his career Saturday on the sun-splashed Karl Schranz downhill course at St. Anton. Miller was the top American with eighth in DH.

The men move on to Kranjska Gora, Slovenia for the annual giant slalom and slalom weekend of racing. The World Cup women resume Feb. 21-22 with super giant slalom and GS at Are, Sweden.

Here is last week’s wrap-up:

Men’s SL Feb. 15 at St. Anton, Aust..:
1—Bode Miller 1:34.60. 2—Kalle Palander (Fin.) 1:35.55. DNF—Tom Rothrock. DNQ—Chip Knight.

Men’s DH Feb. 14 at St. Anton:
1—Hermann Maier (Aust.) 1:56.09. 8—Bode Miller 1:56.89. 10—Daron Rahlves 1:56.96. 21—Bryon Friedman 1:58.02. 31—Jake Fiala 1:59.42.

Current men’s World Cup overall standings:
1—Hermann Maier (Aust.) 1054 (2-DH, 1-SG). 2—Benjamin Raich (Aust.) 985 (3-SL, 4-GS). 3—Bode Miller 984 (2-GS, 5-SL, 1-C). 4—Stephan Eberharter (Aust.) 961 (1-DH). 7—Daron Rahlves 720 (3-DH, 3-SG).

Current women’s World Cup standings:
1—Anja Paerson (Swe). 1220 (1-SL, 1-GS). 2—Renate Goetschl (Aust.) 1108 (1-DH, 2-SG). 10—Kirsten Clark 456. 18—Sarah Schleper 300. 21—Caroline Lalive 263.



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