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Miller 3rd to Close Super G Season

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2014-03-13 04:36
 

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (March 13) – Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) rallied to an impressive third in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G final Thursday, closing the men’s speed events for the 2014 season. Crystal clear skies and hard snow enabled the athletes to lay down a final statement on the season, with Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) gunning into fifth and Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) ninth behind winner Alexis Pinturault of France. The race is set to air on Universal Sports at 11:00 a.m. EST.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) rallied to an impressive third in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G final Thursday at Lenzerheide, closing the men’s speed events for the 2014 season.
  • Victory may have eluded the Olympic super G bronze medalist this season, but he climbed to fifth in the overall super G standings.
  • Crystal clear skies and hard snow enabled the athletes to lay down a final statement on the season, with Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) gunning into fifth and Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) ninth.
  • Thursday closed the best-ever season for Ganong, who took 19th in the super G standings after posting ninth in the downhill standings Wednesday.
  • The result put Ligety in fourth overall with 869 points, just 50 points behind Thursday’s winner, Alexis Pinturault of France, with two races to go.
  • Thomas Mermillod Blondin of France took the second spot.
  • Olympic silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) was on his way to the podium when he went out on the shady section of the hill.
  • The race is set to air on Universal Sports at 11:00 a.m. EST.
  • After a nations team event Friday, the men return to the hill for the final giant slalom World Cup of the season Saturday.

QUOTES
Bode Miller
It’s been a tough year. This kind of capped it off. I was happy with my attack today. I definitely skied like I wanted to win the race, which has been a challenge all year. Every time I ski hard I crash or make big mistakes. Unfortunately today was no different, but I at least knew what was going to happen beforehand, that I wanted to go in there and ski like I wanted to milk every hundredth of a second out of the course that I could.

Even though I’m old, I’m not broken down. Mentally I think I’m just as tough as any of these kids. I know I’m capable of top skiing and my body is holding up great.

Ted Ligety
I’m happy with fifth place for sure. It’s definitely one of my better super G results. I feel like there’s a lot more speed on the hill that I left up there, but to be able to get top five is still a good day.

I feel like I have a good chance of getting in there and winning on Saturday. I don’t know how good of a chance I have of Marcel (Hirscher) not getting on the podium. It’s going to be tough to get the giant slalom globe in that respect. I have to ski really well and he has to not ski at his peak, so that’s not really something you can count on happening. 

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