Grugger wins super-G; Miller is seventh
KVITFJELL, Norway – Hans Grugger led a 1-2 Austrian finish in a World Cup super-G race Sunday, and Bode Miller finished seventh but increased his lead in the discipline standings.Grugger completed the Olympiabakken course in 1 minute, 29.57 seconds for his fourth World Cup victory. Teamate Mario Scheiber trailed by 0.72 seconds. Switzerland’s Didier Cuche was third, 0.91 behind, and advanced to second in the overall standings.”It was a nearly perfect race except for one turn,” Grugger said. “I feel good, but I did not expect to win. It was wonderful.”Miller, who has won two of the four super-G races this season, increased his discipline lead from 56 to 76 points. He holds a 254-178 lead in points over Canada’s John Kucera, who finished 15th.”I wasn’t so far off in the race,” Miller said. “I made one mistake when I was thrown out of a late turn and it cost me a half second. And a half second in this race is the difference between second place and being seventh.”Miller, the 2005 overall champion, was timed in 1:30.55 and shared seventh with Marco Buechel of Liechtenstein. Also for the United States, Scott Macartney was 17th and Steven Nyman was 26th.Miller said he was hurt by his start from the 29th spot.”The guys who win the race started more in the middle or beginning,” he said.Austria’s Benjamin Raich, the defending overall champion, skied out but kept his lead with 1,055 points. Cuche has 963 points. Four races – downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom – remain at the World Cup finals, starting Thursday in Switzerland. A win is worth 100 points.Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal skied out near the same spot where Raich’s mishap took place. Svindal dropped to third overall with 952 points. Miller is fourth with 743 points.Patrick Staudacher of Italy, who won the super-G at the world championships in Sweden last month, did not start.Cuche had a great weekend at Kvitfjell, twice finishing among the top three on the hill where the Alpine races were held during the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. He won the downhill Saturday, becoming the first Swiss to win at Kvitfjell.Cuche is looking toward the finals in his home country, where he will try to become the first Swiss overall champion since Paul Accola in 1992.
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