World Cup visits the Arctic Circle; next stops: Aspen, Beaver Creek
Short hill, bitter cold, lighted slopes and lots of Scandinavians? No wonder Lindsey Vonn felt so comfortable. “This hill reminds me so much of racing back at Buck Hill,” said the Minnesota native, who finished second, just .08 seconds behind winner Maria Riesch of Germany in Saturday’s World Cup slalom at Levi, Finland.
In the men’s race on Sunday, Ted Ligety, in 18th, and Jimmy Cochran, 19th, led the U.S. team, with Bode Miller taking a gate to the face and failing to finish the second run in his first race back as a U.S. Team skier.
The former Olympic medalist and World Champion Bode Miller announced today that he will rejoin the U.S. Ski Team. He will compete with the team in the World Cup, and may qualify for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
After years of creating controversy (he was quoted on 60 minutes as saying he skied "wasted" on at least one occasion), he's now going to be training and lodging with the team. Meantime, we call dibs on the RV.
Everybody knows Bode Miller is fond of his drink. Now he wants everyone else to be fond of it, too. Last week we told you about Miller's maybe-sorta-could-be plan to rejoin the U.S. Ski Team, which he wrote about in his online diary.
Is Bode going home again? Back in 2006, American skiing ace Bode Miller ditched the U.S. Ski Team in favor of his own, privately run team. But just the other day, in his online diary for the Universal Sports network, Miller wrote that "working and hanging with the guys on the U.S.
Steven Nyman (Provo, UT), whose first World Cup podium came at Beaver Creek a year ago, "nailed the line" Friday to finish second in downhill during a snowstorm at the Charles Schwab Birds of Prey races.