Bode Miller and the US Ski Team dominated like never before in a World Cup race on Saturday, and Miller wondered out loud afterward if his decision to race independently has hastened the development of some of his former teammates.
“A lot of the things I was bringing up over the last 10 years have been changed and improved, and have allowed the guys to have the program that they have now,” Miller said after finishing second to Michael Walchhofer of Austria in the classic Saslong downhill.
Miller, who finished 0.38 seconds behind Walchhofer’s time of 1 minute, 50.57 seconds, revived the defense of his overall World Cup title and led a record contingent of five Americans in the top 10.
Marco Sullivan took fourth, Erik Fisher was a career-best seventh, 2006 winner Steven Nyman finished ninth and TJ Lanning placed 10th.
■ WOMEN’S SUPER-G
AP, ST. MORITZ, Switzerland
Swiss teenager Lara Gut put on a breakthrough performance Saturday to win a super-G race for her first World Cup victory.
Skiing first on a course shortened by fog, the 17-year-old Gut timed 57.38 seconds to finish 0.63 clear of Switzerland’s Fabienne Suter. Nadia Fanchini of Italy was third, trailing Gut by 0.87.
Lindsey Vonn of the US skied out about halfway down the course.
The defending overall World Cup champion was one of many racers caught out by a bump in a fast section after a sharp right-hand turn. Vonn keeps her lead in the overall standings.
Gut’s victory confirmed the huge potential she showed in February finishing third in a World Cup downhill on the same St. Moritz piste, despite crashing near the end and sliding across the finish line.