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PARK CITY, Utah (April 19, 2005) – The U.S. Olympic Committee has named alpine skier Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) as its March Athlete of the Month. It is the third time this season that Miller received the USOC award. He won in November and December as well. The female recipient for March was figure skater Sasha Cohen. The USOC Team of the Month award went to the Men’s Compound Archery Team.
After 22 long years, Miller finally brought the overall alpine World Cup title back to the United States along with the super G title. Phil Mahre was the last American to win the title in 1983. Miller ended the season with 1648 points – 194 points over his greatest competitor, Austrian Benjamin Raich.
Miller set a handful of records as he won the first World Cup races of the season. He won six of the first 10 races and – in a dizzying 16-day stretch from late November – won a race in each of the four core disciplines (slalom, giant slalom, super G and downhill). That made him only the second male in history to win all four events in a single season.
Miller finished with seven World Cup victories – giving him 19 in his career, second alltime in U.S. history. He also won the super G and downhill titles at the World Championships in Bormio, Italy, and had another seven top-3s as he competed in every World Cup race for the third straight season. Last month at World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Miller tied with teammate Daron Rahlves for the win in super G and won silver in the downhill and GS.