Bode Miller took third place in the last Super G of the season by the slimmest of margins, 0.01 seconds behind Frenchman Thomas Mermillod-Blondin and last man down Alexis Pinturault who won.
Miller put in one of the most aggressive and hard fought runs of the day and admitted afterwards that he had made a few too many errors that had cost him “maybe two and a half to three seconds.” Miller, who also announced that he will continue to race next season, added: “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,” said 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.”
With Matthias Mayer in fourth, Ted Ligety taking fifth it was a little surprising not too see Aksel Lund Svindal at the top of the pile in his favoured discipline. The HEAD World Cup Rebel, who had already won the Super G Globe said as he waited to collect his second Globe of the week: “I managed to make a mistake. This puts me out of the chase for the overall I’m afraid.”
Mayer was very pleased with his race in fourth: "I did not risk much on the last run because I knew that it is hard to come down error-free," he said.
While Svindal was left to rue what might have been in the race for the Overall as he collected his third straight Super G Globe with Kjetil Jansrud second, Ligety is now looking at the Giant Slalom and trying to reclaim his Giant Slalom Globe on Saturday.
1. Alexis Pinturault (FRA)
2. Thomas Mermillod-Blondin (FRA)
3. Bode Miller (USA) HEAD
4. Matthias Mayer (AUT) HEAD
5. Ted Ligety (USA) HEAD
8. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
1. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
2. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
3. Patrick Kueng (SUI)