Miller 6th, Schlopy 9th in Val d'Isere

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Val d'Isere, France, Dec. 10, 2000--Austrian Hermann Maier picked up his 33rd World Cup victory Sunday - his second in just over 24 hours,taking a giant slalom on soft snow while U.S. skiers took three of the top 17 spots - Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) was sixth, Erik Schlopy(Park City, UT) ninth and Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) 17th.

"The second run wasn't much fun," said Miller, who fourth in the first run. "It was wicked flat light; it started snowing 10 or 15minutes after the race, so it was flat light all the way. And they groomed the hill last night, so it was bumpy and soft. I went 29th inthe first run and than 27th in the second run. My legs were totally cashed halfway through my second run...totally..."

Maier, who won a downhill Saturday, skied No. 1 in the GS and had a half-second lead after the first run. He rolled to his fifth victory ofthe season in 2:30.63, more than 1.3 seconds ahead of the field. Austrians also were 2-3 with Heinz Schilchegger second (2:31.99) andAndreas Schifferer third, another .01 back.

Miller finished in 2:32.16 with Schlopy ninth in 2:32.83 and Rahlves, posting his best World Cup performance in GS, 17th with a time of2:33.46. Thomas Vonn (Newburgh, NY) missed the top-30 cut in the first run by .02.

"A good day...not bad," said U.S. Coach Martin Andersen. "The conditions were a little bit soft. You really had to ski with feeling. It wasactually better be 28th in the first run than to do too well because in the flip-30 format you ran third in the second run. It was very,very tight..."

Skiing in downhill and super G has helped his technical racing, Miller said, "because, especially in GS, because you run downhill andthen, here, you cover the whole GS course in what seems like 30 seconds. It makes GS seem slower, more tame."

Schlopy, racing after a three-week break in World Cup technical events for the men, looks to build on his two top-10s in consecutivegiant slaloms (he was fourth Nov. 17 at the Chevy Truck America's Opening in Park City, Utah).

"First run, I think I gave the hill too much respect. I skied well," Schlopy said, "but I was conservative, skiing a round line. I wasn'tpunching it. On the second run, I decided to go more direct, be more aggressive." That produced the third-fastest second run and boostedhim from 24th to ninth.

"Two top-10s in GS in a row. That makes me happy," he said.

The men's tour moves on to Sestriere, Italy, for a night slalom Monday and then returns to Val d'Isere Dec. 16-17 for a downhill pickedup from Val Gardena, Italy, and another GS, which was shifted from Alta Badia, Italy.

CAFE de COLOMBIA WORLD CUP Val d'Isere, FRA - Dec. 10

Men's GS

1. Hermann Maier, Austria, 2:30.63
2. Heinz Schilchegger, Austria, 2:31.99
3. Andreas Schifferer, Austria, 2:32.00
4. Michael Von Gruenigen, Switzerland, 2:32.08
5. Frederic Covilli, France, 2:32.15
6. Bode Miller, Franconia, N.H., 2:32.16
7. Frederik Nyberg, Sweden, 2:32.49
8. Marco Buechel, Liechtenstein, 2:32.52
9. Erik Schlopy, Park City, Utah, 2:32.83
10. Lasse Kjus, Norway, 2:33.07
11. Didier Cuche, Switzerland, 2:33.09
12. Benjamin Raich, Austria, 2:33.10
13. Christian Mayer, Austria, 2:33.23
14. Bjarne Solbakken, Norway, 2:33.31
15. Jernej Koblar, Slovenia, and Steve Locher, Switzerland, 2:33.32 each
17. Daron Rahlves, Sugar Bowl, Calif., 2:33.46
18. Rainer Salzgeber, Austria, 2:33.74
19. Hans Knauss, Austria, 2:33.84
20. Sami Uotila, Finland, 2:33.85
21. Josef Strobl, Austria, 2:33.87
22. Didier Defago, Switzerland, 2:33.92
23. Christophe Saioni, France, 2:33.95
24. Jeff Piccard, France, 2:34.28
25. Jernej Rebersak, Slovenia, 2:34.52
26. Patrick Holzer, Italy, 2:34.57
27. Jean-Philippe Roy, Canada, 2:35.06
28. Patrice Manuel, France, 2:25.18
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Did not qualify: Thomas Vonn, Newburgh, N.Y.; Casey Puckett, Aspen, Colo.; and Chip Knight, New Canaan, Conn.
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Caffe de Colombia World Cup
Men's Overall (9 races)

1. Maier, 616 points
2. Stephan Eberharter, Austria, 409
3. Kjus, 397
4. Nyberg, 297
5. Schifferer, 288
6. Schilchegger, 232
7. Von Gruenigen, 218
8. Cuche, 198
9. Kjetil Andre Aaodt, Norway, 195
10. J. Strobl, 192
11. Christoph Gruber, Austria, 164
12. Hans Knauss, Austria, 155
13. Fritz Strobl, Austria, 146
14. Mayer, 139
15. Silvano Beltrametti, Switzerland, 128
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20. Chad Fleischer, Vail, Colo., 101
21. Schlopy, 89
27. (tie) Miller and Rahlves, 75 each
60. Casey Puckett, 20
69. Chris Puckett, Boulder, Colo., 14
75. Dane Spencer, Boise, Idaho, 11
92. Brett Fischer, Winter Park, Colo., 2

Men's GS (3 races)

1. Maier, 260
2. Von Gruenigen, 200
3. Schilchegger, 132
4. Nyberg, 122
5. Mayer, 100
6. Kjus, 106
7. Schifferer, 100
8. Eberharter, 95
9. Buechel, 87
10. Schlopy, 79
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11. Miller, 66
30. Schlopy, 14