LAKE LOUISE, ALBERTA, (Dec. 1, 2002) USST -- Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) made it two top-10s in a row, finishing seventh in the men's World Cup super G Sunday in Lake Louise. Stephan Eberharter of Austria won his second straight race. Marco Sullivan (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 been making his mark more on the technical side the past season. Skiing selected downhill and super G weekends had been in Miller's plans for the season and it appears 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 a breakthrough 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 (racer down ahead of him) at the top of the course about 15 seconds into it and had to take a snowmobile back to the start. He eventually got started again but in the late 50s and the course already was deteriorating. I was concerned about what he could do at that point," 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 Val Gardena (Italy in mid-December)."
The team now heads to Beaver Creek for the Chevy Truck Birds of Prey downhill next 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, 1:23.39
2. Josef Strobl, Austria, 1:23.57
3. Didier Cuche, Switzerland, 1:23.76
4. Kjetil Andre Aamodt, Norway, 1:24.02
5. Andreas Schifferer, Austria, 1:24.09
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