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Park City, UT, Nov. 20, 2000–U.S. teammates Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) and Dane Spencer (Boise, ID) finished 1-2 Monday in Chevy Truck Super Series giant slalom action at Park City Mountain Resort.
Miller and Spencer held the same 1-2 positions after the first run and skied solid second runs to hold onto the top two podium spots. Miller won with a two run time of 2:23.75, followed by Spencer with a 2:24.49. Canadian Jean-Philippe Roy was third in 2:25.04.
Also finishing among the top-10 was American Thomas Vonn (Newburgh, NY) in eighth with a time of 2:26.92.
The win continued an up and down week of racing for Miller, who finished 10th in GS Friday at the Chevy Truck America’s Opening World Cup, also at Park City. He followed that finish up by skiing off course Sunday in a World Cup slalom.
“This whole rhythm was different today (compared to Friday’s course),” said Miller. “I’ve never seen it set like this on this hill. It was much more open,much more down the hill.”
The steep pitches on the course were set very tight during the World Cup, which forced racers to make turns over the pitch. Monday’s gate set wasmuch more wide open. If skiers chose, they could arc around the gates instead of hugging them tightly, enabling the racer to pick up valuable speed.However, it was a risky maneuver as Miller almost lost his edge with too much speed through the arc.
“I tried to arc the whole thing, and didn’t do it that well, but you make up so much speed in one turn that it’s worth it to try,” said Miller. “I made somebad mistakes in that run (second run) and still pulled off a win.”
Spencer agreed with Miller on the speed of the course.
“This course was much more down the fall line,” said Spencer. “It was fun. It was fast and you just linked the turns right down the hill and charged thewhole way.”
The Chevy Truck Super Series concludes Tuesday with another men’s GS race. Start time for the first run is slated for 10 a.m. on CB’s Run, the siteof the 2002 Winter Olympic giant slalom. The tour then moves on to Beaver Creek, Colo. Dec. 4-6.