Miller places third in Wengen Super Combined
Bode Miller claimed his ninth podium in Wengen with a scintillating downhill run and then followed it up with a slalom run that had the watching 20,000 crowd on the edge of their seats. With Ivica Kostelic posting a solid Downhill run and then put in a strong slalom run to win the race, Beat Feuz took second place after winning the downhill section of the race. Miller closed up on Feuz in the slalom but his mistakes meant that the gap was too much.
Wengen is a special place in all the racers hearts and when the weather is cold yet as sunny as it was for the Super Combined, this was the perfect way to set the Classic weekend off! Miller attacked the Downhill section of the race and the explosive start was there as Miller pushed and skated all the way to the second gate, some forty metres from the start. With the start for the Super Combined downhill lowered to just above the iconic Hundschopf jump, Miller was soon into his stride. Despite a mistake at Brueckli, Miller was relatively content with the Downhill run.
When it came to the slalom, Ted Ligety and Kjetil Jansrud both attacked the steep course and were just off the podium spots (eventually finishing 6th and 9th) before Miller put in his charge. Having won the Super Combined in 2010, Miller wanted this, yet his lead slowly disappeared at each of the splits and he came through into second 0.45 behind Kostelic. With Feuz still in the start and with a lead of almost three seconds over Kostelic and three quarters of a second over Miller, Feuz had to ski the fearsome ‘Wall’. Despite a small mistake Feuz did enough to take second behind Kostelic.
After the race Miller admitted that it had been a frustrating day as he felt that he had messed up the Brueckli turn in the downhill. “I know I can ski this better,” he explained. For the slalom, Miller admitted that although he has been training well in slalom he got off balance at the start and then went back with his weight. This was all compounded with a huge mistake lower down he felt. “All in all this was a very frustrating day,” Miller explained.
1. Ivica Kostelic (CRO)
2. Beat Feuz (SUI)
3. Bode Miller (USA) HEAD
6. Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD
9. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
15. Matthias Mayer (AUT) HEAD
19. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
20. Bernhard Graf (AUT) HEAD