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American Bode Miller wins super-combined gold

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-02-22

Bode Mille racked up an eighth medal for the USA when he won the Olympic gold medal in the men's super-combined at the Winter Games on Sunday. Croatia's Ivica Kostelic won the silver medal and Silvan Zurbriggen of Switzerland took the bronze.



AFP - Bode Miller on Sunday continued the US team's Olympic alpine skiing medal surge when he won the men's super-combined title for his third podium finish in three races.
   
Miller's gold was the United States' eighth medal (two gold, three silver, three bronze) out of a possible 18 from six alpine disciplines raced so far.
   
"I can't ask for anything more," Miller said, adding that he was unsure how long the US team's medal hauling could go.
   
"I don't know how long we can keep this up. It's emotionally and physically exhausting."
   
The 32-year-old Miller, who earlier this week won super-G silver and downhill bronze, clocked a combined total over a downhill and slalom of 2min 44.92sec, 0.33sec ahead of Croatian silver medallist Ivica Kostelic.
   
Silvan Zurbriggen of Switzerland took bronze, a further 0.07sec adrift.
   
"I needed to ski a fast downhill and knew if I could be within 1.25sec I would have the chance of a medal," Kostelic said.
   
"I was a favourite for a medal before the Olympic Games so there's a lot more pressure than if you're an outsider.
   
"I was really nervous. I had such a good downhill and I knew the guys behind me in the slalom were going to work really hard. The pressure was unbelievable. I had this dream to get a medal and now it's real."
   
Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, the reigning world super-combined champion, led after the downhill portion but skied out of the slalom in sight of the finish line.
   
Miller, like Svindal a two-time World Cup overall champion, was 0.76sec off the Norwegian's downhill pace but produced a fastest and relatively error-free slalom to claim victory and go better than his combined bronze from the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.
   
Reigning Olympic champion in the discipline, Ted Ligety of the United States, finished in fifth place at 0.90sec behind Carlo Janka of Switzerland.
   
There was still no medal joy for the Austrian men, however, with Benjamin Raich coming closest in sixth place at 1.21sec.

 

Date created : 2010-02-21

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