Miller Snags Fifth in Wengen Downhill

2012-01-14 07:17

WENGEN, Switzerland (Jan. 14) – Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) skied a powerful run down the Lauberhorn, dropping in and out of the lead all the way down, but didn't have quite enough to upend a red hot Beat Feuz of Switzerland. Miller was fifth as Feuz took his podium in two days, grabbing the Audi FIS World Cup downhill lead from Miller, who was gunning for his third win in the classic Lauberhorn – the longest downhill on the World Cup circuit. The weekend wraps up Sunday with a slalom.


  • Bode Miller's fifth-place finish was his fourth straight downhill top-10 result, coming on the heels of his third place finish in Friday's super combined
  • Miller remains in sixth place in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall standings and is now second in the downhill points
  • Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) did not race in order to save strength for Sunday's slalom and fell from third to fourth place
  • Swiss Beat Feuz captured the home snow win to climb atop the World Cup downhill standings
  • Marco Sullivan's 27th-place finish was his fourth finish in the points this season
  • Erik Fisher (Middleton, ID) was 34th, Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) was 39th, Wiley Maple (Aspen, CO) was 47th, and Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) was 48th
  • Action at the 82nd Lauberhorn classic concludes with Sunday's slalom


Sasha Rearick - men's Head Coach

Right from the top Bode was going for it - holding his tuck hard and doing what he had to do be able to chase the win down from starting at 22. Then right at the bottom of the Haneggschuss he got rocked by some bumps and from there down, just lost his speed. It's a bummer, because he was right on the line and in a position to win until he hit those bumps.

I was really impressed with Marco [Sullivan] today. He was going after it and skiing like Marco from four years ago. He was in his full tuck three inches from the net off the Hundshopf. It was impressive. He skied the super G turns awesome and then going into the Haneggschuss something happened and he got twisted up. He was going sideways into the powder on the side of the track and dropped a lot of speed.

Universal Sports will air the Lauberhorn downhill at 2 p.m. ET




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