Bode Miller Tops Opening Downhill Training Session

Bode Miller

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Bode Miller mastered the Olympic course on his very first run Thursday, leading the opening downhill training session.

A bronze medalist in the event four years ago, the 36-year-old Miller clocked 2 minutes, 7.75 seconds down the Rosa Khutor course, where he injured his left knee two years ago.

Patrick Kueng of Switzerland, who won the classic downhill in Wengen on home snow last month, was second, a slim 0.03 seconds behind. Matthias Mayer of Austria was third, 0.17 behind.

Marco Sullivan of the United States was fourth, although he missed several gates on the top section.

Erik Guay of Canada and Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, two other big favorites, were seventh and eighth, respectively.

Two more training sessions are scheduled before Sunday’s race opens the Alpine events.

Source: Associated Press