Miller mounts the podium again
ADELBODEN, Switzerland – An attacking Bode Miller of Franconia, N.H., moved up two spots to finish second Sunday in a World Cup men’s slalom behind Austrian Rainer Schoenfelder.
Miller, fourth in the first run under a heavily-overcast sky and temperatures hoveringaround 30 degrees, had the second-fastest final run and broke up an Austrian logjam at the top of the standings. Schoenfelder finished in 1 minute, 44.98 seconds, and Miller’s time was 1:45.17.
“This is the way I like to ski slalom,” Miller said. “My second run I was on the edge the whole way down. There were a number of places I could’ve gone out. I charged from top to bottom.”
Podium softens GS frustration
The performance helps ease some of the frustration from Saturday’s giant slalom, when Miller had been in sight of another top-3 finish before he ran into problems midway through his final run and skied off course.
“The second run was right where I want to be in slalom. It’s that balance between taking risks and executing – not pushing too hard,” Miller said of the Adelboden slalom run – 33 skiers, including Americans Tom Rothrock of Cashmere, Wash., Jesse Marshall of Pittsfield, Vt., and Jake Zamansky of Aspen, failed to finish the first run and eight went out on their second run.
“If you push too hard all the time, this hill will come back to bite you,” Miller added. “I kinda gambled. I took it easy on the first run and let it go on the second.”
Two years ago, Miller won the Adelboden slalom and, after a rocky start this winter, he’s been skiing solid slalom lately.
“Last year was tough in slaom. This year I felt really good coming into the season but things didn’t click right away,” he explained. “This is a great hill to put down some good skiing.”
The next men’s races are in St. Anton, Austria.