Bronze, silver and now gold: Bode Miller is three for three in these games, earning his first Olympic gold in today's super combined event at Whistler's Creekside venue. With two events to go before the Games close, Miller shows no sign of stopping.
Today, the Austrian coach set the women’s super G course, and today Austrian Andrea Fischbacher walked away with the gold and the country’s first alpine medal of these games. Coincidence? FIS and Olympic rules are such that each course—except the downhill—is set by a randomly selected country’s delegate, usually a coach. Naturally, the delegate sets the courses to favor their athletes’ strengths. But after watching today’s intense and extremely close competition, it would impugn Fischbacher’s performance to write off the win as a coincidence.
Classic, unfettered Bode-style skiing had our hopes up for another American gold in this afternoon's men's Olympic super G, but in the end a Miller win was not to be, as Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal stormed the course 0.28 seconds faster. American Andrew Weibrecht, a rising star of the U.S. Ski Team, held the lead for much of the race, until Bode Miller bested Weibrecht's time by 0.03 seconds. Miller left the gate in full fury, bombing the top of the course, but the trickier bottom half slowed his style, with a few wide turns likely costing him the gold.
Maria Riesch of Germany, who failed to medal in yesterday's Olympic women’s downhill, came out on top in the super-combined today, while her friend and greatest rival, Lindsey Vonn, didn’t even finish.
Maria Riesch of Germany, who failed to medal in yesterday's Olympic women’s downhill, came out on top in the super-combined today, while her friend and greatest rival, Lindsey Vonn, didn’t even finish. Vonn fell in the slalom portion of the race after hooking a ski on a gate, adding further insult to an already injured Olympics: Vonn has been complaining about her bruised shin all week.