Eberharter takes two at Lake Louise

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LAKE LOUISE (USST report) -- Stephan Eberharter of Austria won his second straight race on Sunday as Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) made it two top-10sin a row, finishing seventh in the men's World Cup super G Sunday.

MarcoSullivan (Squaw Valley, CA), overcoming a late-race restart, was 14th, opening another start spot for U.S. racers in SG.

It was the second straight impressive speed performance by Miller, who had beenmaking his mark more on the technical side the past season. Skiing selecteddownhill and super G weekends had been in Miller's plans for the season and itappears to be a good one as he led the U.S. Ski Team both days at Lake Louise.

Eberharter, who won Saturday's downhill as well, won in 1:23.39. Miller,starting 31st, was just under nine-tenths back.

U.S. Head Coach Phil McNichol said, "In every ski race there's is the good, the bad and the ugly but we're elated to have two guys in the top 15. It's abreakthrough race for Marco, and Bode is showing he's consistent and fast.

"It's really cool," McNichol added. "Every race we've had someone in the top 10. It just takes patience and we'll have someone on the podium.

"Today was a pretty good day, a great race for Bode. He did a really good job.Marco started 46th but was yellow flagged at the topof the course about 15 seconds into it and had to take a snowmobile back to thestart. He eventually got started again but in the late 50s and the coursealready was deteriorating. I was concerned about what he could do at thatpoint," the coach said, "but he had a really great race finishing 14th and earned us another super G start position that will go in to effect in ValGardena."

The team now heads to Beaver Creek for the Chevy Truck Birds of Prey downhillnext weekend. Training starts Wednesday. Miller is expected to ski both races.

FIS ALPINE WORLD CUP
Winterstart World Cup
Lake Louise, ALB - Dec. 1
1. Stephan Eberharter, Austria, 1:23.39v2. Josef Strobl, Austria, 1:23.57
3. Didier Cuche, Switzerland, 1:23.7
4. Kjetil Andre Aamodt, Norway, 1:24.02
5. Andreas Schifferer, Austria, 1:24.09
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7. Bode Miller, Franconia, NH, 1:24.25
14. Marco Sullivan, Squaw Valley, CA, 1:24.78
32. Daron Rahlves, Sugar Bowl, CA, 1:25.99
44. Thomas Vonn, Newburgh, NY, 1:26.99

Eberharter wins opening DH

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (Nov. 30) - Defending World Cup champion Stephan Eberharterof Austria earned his second win of the season Saturday, capturing the firstWorld Cup downhill by nearly a half-second over teammate Hannes Trinkl.

BodeMiller (Franconia, NH) electrified the sunny scene, finishing seventh with DaronRahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) 24th.

Outdoor Life Network will televise coverage of the Winterstart World Cup weekendat Lake Louise on Saturday Dec. 7, starting at 2 p.m. EST.

Eberharter had a time of 1:42.61 for the 18th win of his storied career, hisninth DH victory. Trinkl, the reigning world downhill champion, finished in1:43.10 and Norwegian Kjetil Andre Aamodt was third in the field of 68 racers(1:43.44) in bright Canadian Rockies sunshine and 25-degree weather.

Miller, who won the final training run Friday and therefore - under the new FISformat of flipping the top 30 competitors from the last training run started30th. His time was 1:43.96. Rahlves finished in 1:45.01 and Jake Fiala (Frisco,CO) was 32nd in 1:45.55.

"It wasn't too bad," Miller said. "I just skied pretty normal. My skis arepretty decent now; Rossignol has some pretty fast skis out there.

"It's not like I haven't skied downhills before. I've been doing selecteddownhills for the last few years," he added. "It's pretty fast, got some goodturns - it's a World Cup downhill, just not as steep, or doesn't have the bigjumps, as the classics."

If the course hadn't slowed dramatically from the sunshine, the CarrabassettValley Academy product thinks he could have contended even more for the podium. "Had I started where everyone else started, I think I would'vebeenn closer. I skied a lot better today than any of my trainingruns. The course was different today than in the training runs."

Miller said he was impressed by Jake Fiala's run from the back which nearly puthim in the points. "Nobody skied that well from back there," he said.

Men's Head Coach Phil McNichol added, "Bode came up here to learn and growinginto more downhill, and he's doing just that. He learned and he skied smart.It's a little surprising because we haven't spent much time on downhill skis,but at the level of skier he is, and with his skis obviously working, yeah, itmay be a little surprising at first, but after the first training run itshouldn't have been any real surprise.

"Bode's such a competitor, so focused on the task at hand, and obviously such agood skiers, such a good technician - and what he does in multipleenvironments," McNichol said, "makes it so much fun to be around him. There'ssome great energy in this group."

"Bode did a great job," said U.S. DH/super G Head Coach John McBride. "TheBode-man has his own style, for sure, but the section where I was he skiedgreat. He skied right through this technical section and did a great job. He's arock star out there."

Rahlves, who had two top-15s in training - including ninth Friday, struggledwhile Fiala, starting 55th, was close to his first World Cup points in a coupleof seasons.

"Daron did good things in training all week," McBride said, "but he just didn'texecute today, just didn't get it done. And I thought Jake, for where he startedand what was going on (with the snow slowing in the warm sun), did an excellentjob. He had one mistake in the middle, which cost him, but Jake skied well.

"I'm still very positive about the way the guys are skiing, and now we have tofocus our energies on getting it done."

The U.S. Ski Team will have four skiers Sunday in the first men's super G of theseason: Miller, Rahlves, Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA), and Thomas Vonn(Newburgh, NY).

After the SG, the men's tour returns to the USA with another DH/SG combinationDec. 7-8 at the Chevy Truck Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek, CO.

ALPINE WORLD CUP RACING
Winterstart World Cup
Lake Louise, ALB - Nov. 30
Men's Downhill
1. Stephan Eberharter, Austria, 1:42.61
2. Hannes Trinkl, Austria, 1:43.10
3. Kjetil Andre Aamodt, Norway, 1:43.44
4. Josef Strobl, Austria, 1:43:67
5. Fritz Strobl, Austria, 1:43.93
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7. Bode Miller, Franconia, NH, 1:43.96
24. Daron Rahlves, Sugar Bowl, CA, 1:45.01
32. Jake Fiala, Frisco, CO, 1:45.55
45. Bryon Friedman, Park City, UT, 1:46.29
59. Scott Macartney, Redmond, WA, 1:47.49
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DNF: Marco Sullivan, Squaw Valley, CA