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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
In case you haven't seen the results, it is 4 US skiers in the top ten at the Beaver Creek downhill today! Bode Miller won, Steve Nyman was 3rd, Scott Macartney 8th and Marco Sullivan 10th. That is great for US ski racing.
post #2 of 15
great news !! hopefully THE "new" Bode has emerged
post #3 of 15
Looks like Marolt loosened the noose for a photo op -

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
My apologies to the ladies, I left out their excellent results. Today from Lake Louise: Lindsey Kildow, 2nd; Stacey Cook, 4th; Kirsten Clark 13th; and Julia Mancuso, 26th! Way to go, ladies!
post #5 of 15
Now, does Bode having a pop on the podium represent him drinking "with" the coaches- this could be a loop hole.

well done by both teams.
post #6 of 15

Hey, wait until tomorrow...

...it's the Men's GS in BC...an event in which Bode has (ahem) experienced success in the past, I seem to remember that Ted Ligety won the last GS of the year last year, and then there's Jimmy Cochran, Erik Schlopy, and a few others...and the women have yet another DH in Lake Louise...I know where I'm putting my money...
post #7 of 15
...and unlike today, both the mens' and womens' races will be carried on WCSN. Today's race from Beaver Creek was embargoed due to NBC's "butcher-cast" scheduled for the 10th.
post #8 of 15
I was there!

Nyman was in first until Didier Cuche edged him out.

Then a bunch of racers came down with no serious challenges.

Just before Bode (bib #26), the weather was worsening with blowing snow and bad visibility. An Austrian - I think Klaus Kroell - had a nasty crash up high and they had a hold on the course to repair the gate he took out.

At that point, the big-screen TV we were watching started showing the FIS judge talking on the radio. They started speculating that the visibility was deteriorating to the point that they might call a hold (or worse). Then, they sent bib #25 and the race was back on.

Bode went out of the gate and the crowd was going nuts. His first split time was a couple of tenths slower than Cuche and you could feel the crowd start to deflate a bit.

Then, as Bode was just coming into a left-hand turn, a course worker slipped, fell, and slid right ACROSS : the line in front of Bode. Luckily, he slid right on across the course just in time and Bode blasted right on by.

Then, his next split time had him tied with Cuche and the crowd started to go wild. His next split had him ahead and it was pandemonium. He skied the lower, technical part of the course WAY better than anybody else. It was so cool when he crossed the finish in first.

Hermann Maier ran next and at every split he was further and further behind. Strobl and Buechel were next and they were quite a bit slower. Walchhofer was the last in the top seed and he was ahead of Bode on the first split. Again, the crowd is holding its breath. Then, he was behind Bode on the next split but ahead of Nyman. He got wide on a couple of the lower turns, however, and came in off the podium.

It was a great day for the Americans.
post #9 of 15
"Munch, munch, munch, munch"*

*The sound of SfDean happily and enthusiastically eating his words.

Bode Miller is ripping in DH despite having changed ski brands from Atomic (on which he had suddenly rocketed into good speed event results two years ago) to Head and despite having changed ski techs from the wizard he and Daron Rahlves inherited from Stephan Eberharter.

And what a cool competitor. Great looking run. Not phased by a course worker falling and sliding through the course and across his path ahead of him. And about 1:28 into the run he lands back on his heels after a short air time and immediately gets relaunched and keeps it together. Bode Miller has balance skills.

http://video.sport1.at/index.php?view=2133

Nyman has a great looking run too, and it's pretty cool to see how pumped his is at the end as he sees he finished in (at that time) first place by .7

http://video.sport1.at/index.php?view=2135

(For those of you who haven't signed up for it, sport1.at is the Austrian home for video streaming of WC race runs. They typically have the runs of the top 3 finishers, plus any other Austrians who finished top ten. It's free. Except to the extent that it makes you think that you could ski Birds of Prey like that. Then the medical bills could get expensive.)

I'm looking forward to tomorrow's results.

SfDean.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by sfdean View Post

Bode Miller is ripping in DH despite having changed ski brands from Atomic (on which he had suddenly rocketed into good speed event results two years ago) to Head and despite having changed ski techs from the wizard he and Daron Rahlves inherited from Stephan Eberharter.
Funny to review comments before the race. I posted this somewhere else today regarding Bode equipment setup and leadership vs. Rahlves

John Meyer writes of the WC in the Denver Post, Thursday, November 30, regarding Bode:

Head is working feverishly to get his equipment adjusted to his demanding specifications, especially in slalom. If they succeed, Miller’s chances today improve dramatically, but the pressure is on.”

“The old Miller—the one who won the WC overall two seasons ago—would have been a lock for the podium today.”

With set-ups and equipment, with maybe a centimeter of different mounting position, you can’t buy a turn, and with the right adjustment all of a sudden you find you can win a run”, coach John McBride said of Miller’s slalom. “We’re not there yet, but we’re working hard at it”.

“Miller has something to offer his teammates, but he’s not the kind of leader Rahlves was.”
post #11 of 15
[quote=sfdean;608458Bode Miller is ripping in DH despite having changed ski brands from Atomic (on which he had suddenly rocketed into good speed event results two years ago) to Head and despite having changed ski techs from the wizard he and Daron Rahlves inherited from Stephan Eberharter.
.[/QUOTE]

That is really significant, because he had absolutely no top speed results until he went to Atomic, and had instant success once he did. He was leading at Beaver Creek one year on his Rossignols, but crashed spectacularly, demolishing the skis. He claimed that were the only good pair he ever got from Rossignol and that if he had the skis Eberharter did, he would win.

I think the Atomic boot/binding techs improved his position, and he took that wisdom with him.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by DonDenver View Post

“Miller has something to offer his teammates, but he’s not the kind of leader Rahlves was.”
Rahlves was (is) one in a million. Last year, when he won a race that almost got cancelled because of heavy snow, he gave a victory speech thanking the course workers for their incredible work that was heartfelt and moving.

Most top atheletes--in any sport--think of the guys holding the shovels (and their equivalents) only when they accidently get in the way.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by songfta View Post
Today's race from Beaver Creek was embargoed due to NBC's "butcher-cast" scheduled for the 10th.
Man that boils my blood. I was hoping that the 10th was a typo on the WCSN site but I guess I'm not so lucky.

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Originally Posted by Bob Peters
Then, his next split time had him tied with Cuche and the crowd started to go wild. His next split had him ahead and it was pandemonium. He skied the lower, technical part of the course WAY better than anybody else. It was so cool when he crossed the finish in first.

Hermann Maier ran next and at every split he was further and further behind. Strobl and Buechel were next and they were quite a bit slower. Walchhofer was the last in the top seed and he was ahead of Bode on the first split. Again, the crowd is holding its breath. Then, he was behind Bode on the next split but ahead of Nyman. He got wide on a couple of the lower turns, however, and came in off the podium.

It was a great day for the Americans.


Thanks to Ski Racing 2006 (the game) I know the course pretty well. Watching the timing (from the Eurosport site) at work today it was obvious from the splits that Bode must have absolutely ripped the technical parts towards the bottom because thats where all the top Austrians lost their leads on him. It is all the more painful to have to wait till the 10th to see it on WCSN!

Props to all the other Americans in the top 10 also. It is nice to see this team developing some real depth since Daron bailed out.

It's great that Beaver Creek is such a world class venue but I still keep my fingers crossed that they might have at least a single technical event on the east coast one of these years.
post #14 of 15
Watch it on sport1.at, then...
post #15 of 15
Yeah I finally went through the non-english registration I've been putting off. Still would be nice to see the footage of the other Americans in the top 10
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