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Bode Miller Struggles in Downhill, Falls Short of Medal

February 10th, 2014 at 6:32 PM
By Cody Dalga

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After practice and qualifying runs were completed in the men's downhill run, Bode Miller looked like the guy to beat. But the 36-year olds quest to become the oldest Alpine gold medalist fell short as he finished in eighth place. 

"This can be a tough one to swallow today, having skied so well in the training runs, and then come in and be way out of the medals," said Miller. "But I think I skied really well, honestly. I was super-aggressive. The conditions didn't favor me today, but I think, all things considered, I skied really well."

Matthias Mayer of Austria took the gold as he finished the course in 2 minutes, 6.23 seconds. Christof Innerhofer of Italy took silver, and Kietil Jansrud of Norway came away with bronze.
Leading up to the finals, Miller looked head and shoulders above the competition. However, throughout his run it was obvious that Miller wasn't as clean as he needed to be. After finishing with the top time on two different practice runs, Miller did say cloud cover made it tough for him to repeat the runs he had just a few days earlier.
Travis Ganong was the top placing American as he finished in fifth, his best finish in any World Cup race. Luckily for Miller, he will have more shots at earning a medal at Sochi  
Tags: Bode Miller, downhill, London, London 2012, Olympics, Summer Olympics, Travis Ganong

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