Tue, Nov 30, 2004 - Page 20 News List

Bode Miller takes super-G event

AP , LAKE LOUISE, ALBERTAAP, ASPEN, COLORADO

Bode Miller on his way to winning the World Cup Super-G race in Lake Louise, Alberta on Sunday.

PHOTO: AP

American Bode Miller won his first World Cup super-giant slalom Sunday, making him the first man to open an Alpine World Cup season with victories in three different disciplines and just the fifth skier to win a World Cup race in all four disciplines.

"It's awesome," said Miller, who won his first career downhill Saturday by almost a second over France's Antoine Deneriaz.

"I didn't have as high expectations of myself coming into these races as the results I have achieved. It's always nice to get surprised once in a while by yourself. To move into that group, that's the most exclusive club there is in World Cup."

Miller won the race in 1 minute, 28.18 seconds. Austrian Hermann Maier was second in 1:28.32 while compatriot Michael Walchhofer was third in 1:28.73.

Canada's Vincent Lavoie, the second skier on the hill, crashed and broke two bones in his left leg. Lavoie was taken to a hospital for treatment of a broken tibia and fibia.

Miller didn't start celebrating until Maier, the defending World Cup super-G and overall champion, came down the hill.

Finland's Tanja Poutiainen won for the second time in three races at Aspen Mountain, beating Italy's Manuela Moelgg by more than a second in a World Cup slalom on Sunday. After winning the giant slalom on Friday and taking third to Croatia's Janica Kostelic in the season's first slalom race Saturday, Poutiainen overcame a couple of loose spots on her final run Sunday to win for the second time in four World Cup races this season.

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