Rahlves wins third downhill of the season
WENGEN, Switzerland – While Bode Miller griped about too much media coverage this week, American teammate Daron Rahlves was inspired by a lack of recognition.Rahlves, feeling snubbed by Swiss papers leading up to Saturday’s downhill, responded by becoming the first American in more than a decade to win on the Lauberhorn course.Rahlves finished in 2 minutes, 30.54 seconds. Michael Walchhofer, the reigning World Cup downhill champion, was .40 seconds behind. His Austrian teammate, Olympic downhill champion Fritz Strobl, was third.”I read that ski legend Bernhard Russi had picked his six favorites: Walchhofer, Strobl, Marco (Buechel), Bode (Miller), Bruno Kernen and Hermann Maier. I wasn’t even mentioned,” Rahlves said after winning his third downhill of the season. “Seriously, it gave me more motivation. I want to be known as a contender.”Miller, who spent part of this week apologizing for comments he made about skiing “wasted,” finished 11th – 2.41 seconds back – after a couple of mistakes.The Lauberhorn, at 2.8 miles the longest course on the World Cup circuit, is one of five so-called classic races that also include Val d’Isere, France; Kitzbuehel, Austria; Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany, and Val Gardena, Italy.With long, gentle sections, the Lauberhorn favors the circuit’s top gliders. Unusually light for a speed skier, Rahlves generally prefers steep and technical downhills, such as Beaver Creek and Bormio, where he won earlier this season.Vail, Colorado
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