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SESTRIERE, Italy Dec. 13, 2004 (AP by Andrew Dampf)–World Cup leader Bode Miller won a slalom Monday to join Marc Girardelli as the only men to win races in all four disciplines in a season.
The American won for the sixth time in 10 World Cup races by finishing two runs down the 2006 Olympic course in a combined 1 minute, 39.03 seconds.
“I don’t feel any different than before,” Miller said. “These are the kinds of things you tell your kids about.”
Silvan Zurbriggen of Switzerland was next, 1.27 seconds behind, for the first top-three finish of his career. Kalle Palander of Finland was third, 1.41 seconds back.
Miller has won slalom, giant slalom, super-G and downhill races in a span of just 16 days. Girardelli took more than two months to accomplish the feat in 1988-89; he also won a combined race that season, an event based on the results of a slalom and downhill.
Miller will have a chance to match that in this season’s first combined event, Jan. 14.
“At this point I just really enjoy what I’m doing. I think being compared to some of the guys they’re comparing me to is a unique opportunity,” Miller said. “If you’re happy with what you’re doing, records don’t mean as much. I think it’s just fun to ski four events.”
Benjamin Raich of Austria, who won the first slalom this season, came in fourth Monday, with Akira Sasaki of Japan finishing fifth.
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