ST. MORITZ, Switzerland Feb. 2, 2003 (USSA)--Some of the names and positions changed, but it was just like 2001 as the USA and Austria took the podium with Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) taking silver in a tie with Hermann Maier of Austria. Austrian Stephan Eberharter, who was denied the gold by Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) two years ago, took the win.
Starting 23rd, Miller burned the St. Moritz super G down Corviglia in 1:38.57 to take the lead. Maier came down a few skiers later with a big lead, but did not have the stamina to maintain it to the bottom, tying Miller with the lead. Maier and Miller stood side-by-side in the finish area and watched while Eberharter won the title he had dreamed of for two years.
"I can't say I'm not excited, but I didn't think I skied very well," said Miller. "But I think a lot of guys had trouble today. I'm sorry I couldn't keep up the U.S. tradition of winning the super G, but I think Stephan really showed 'em he earned it today"
It was a tough day for the remainder of the Team, including Rahlves. The defending champion, making his debut on the hill, was within striking distance after the flatter top section of the course, but coming out of the Chicane section past the midway point cost him dearly and he finished 22nd.
Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) was 17th, Jake Fiala (Frisco, CO) 28th and Thomas Vonn (Newburgh, NY) went out just past the midway point.
"Today the line I skied in the race run was almost exactly what I expected to ski," said Miler. "I did change a bit on the first jump where those two guys crashed, but it didn't really help. But today there was that advantage to see where everyone was making mistakes.
"Overall I'm pleased," he added. "It's a challenging hill, lots of terrain, lots of blind turns and things which play to the strengths of the more experienced racers who really know how to judge speed in those sections, lines and turns."
Miller came into the Championships with bold hopes—to challenge for four gold medals. "Silver is a great way to start, but it would be nice to say World Champion."
NBC will broadcast coverage of the men's super G. NBC will carry two hours of coverage Feb. 7-8 and Feb. 15-16.
FIS ALPINE WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPSSt. Moritz, SwitzerlandMen's Super G Complete Resultshttp://www.fisski.com/calendar/results.php?suchplace=&suchseason=&suchsector=AL&oldsector=&suchcategory=&suchgender=&suchnation=&limit=&id=9565&limit=&id=9565&raceid=19138