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Miller and Vonn Move Up at Alta Badia GS

Alta Badia, Italy, Dec. 20--Frenchman Joel Chenal overtook Sami Uotila of Finland on the second run of a giant slalom Sunday to win his first World Cup while Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) was 12th and Thomas Vonn (Newburgh, NY) equaled his best previous finish, coming in 17th.

"It was good to get Bode into the finish area again. He skied well on the second run and had a good finish, and Thomas matched his best, so that was good for him, too," said U.S. Head Coach Bill Egan. "Dane Spencer - Boise, ID, 19th on the first run made a mistake at the bottom of the second run or he'd have had a good one, too."

Chenal had a two-run time of 2:39.68 with World Cup leader Hermann Maier of Austria runnerup in 2:39.76. Rainer Salzgeber, another Austrian, was third in 2:39.95.

Miller, 16th in the first run, moved up to 12th with a total time of2:40.80 while Vonn, 23rd in the opening run, was 17th in 2:41.35.

Egan said Miller and Sacha Gros (Vail, CO) will race slalom Tuesday in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, while the GS skiers train in Saalbach, Austria, for Thursday's race, the makeup from Val d'Isere.

Cafe de Colombia Alpine World Cup
Alta Badia, ITA - Dec. 19
Men's GS
1. Joel Chenal, France, 2:39.68
2. Hermann Maier, Austria, 2:39.76
3. Rainer Salzgeber, Austria, 2:39.95
4. Kjetil Andre Aamodt, Norway, 2:40.03
5. Didier Cuche, Switzerland, 2:40.04
6. Andreas Schifferer, Austria, 2:40.06
7. Christian Mayer, Austria, 2:40.13
8. Hans Knauss, Austria, 2:40.22
9. Sami Uotila, Finland, 2:40.24
10. Michael Von Gruenigen, 2:40.44
11. Fredrik Nyberg, Sweden, 2:40.47
12. Bode Miller, Franconia, N.H., 2:40.80
13. Mitja Kunc, Slovenia, 2:41.02
14. Josef Strobl, Austria, 2:41.03
15. Steve Locher, Switzerland, 2:41.16
16. Paul Accola, Switzerland, 2:41.21
17. Thomas Vonn, Newburgh, N.Y., 2:41.35
18. Heinz Schilchegger, Austria, 2:41.51
19. Benjamin Raich, Austria, 2:41.55
20. Patrick Holzer, 2:41.58
21. Didier Defago, Switzerland, 2:41.85
22. Jernej Koblar, Slovenia, 2:42.17
23. Urs Kaelin, Switzerland, 2:42.28
24. Christophe Saioni, France, 2:42.68
25. Giorgio Rocca, Italy, 2:42.90
26. Jure Kosir, Slovenia, 2:44.53
DNF-2: Dane Spencer, Boise, Idaho
DNQ: Daron Rahlves, Truckee, Calif.; Erik Schlopy, Park City, Utah
DNF: Casey Puckett, Crested Butte, Colo.

Café de Colombia Alpine World Cup
Men's GS Standings
1. Hermann Maier, AUT, 280
2. Michael Von Grunigen, SUI, 186
3. Kjetil-Andre Aamodt, NOR, 150
4. Joel Chenal, FRA, 144
5. Stefan Eberharter, AUT, 110
6. Andreas Schifferer, AUT, 100
7. Didier Cuche, SUI, 98
8. Christian Mayer, AUT, 91
9. Benjamin Raich, AUT, 89
10. Rainer Salzgeber, AUT, 74

21. Bode Miller, USA, 34
25. Thomas Vonn, USA, 21
35. Dane Spencer, USA, 12
36. Erik Schlopy, USA, 10

Café de Colombia Alpine World Cup
Men's Overall Standings
1. Hermann Maier, AUT, 760
2. Stefan Eberharter, AUT, 440
3. Andreas Schifferer, AUT, 389
4. Kjetil-Andre Aamodt, NOR, 360
5. Josef Strobl, AUT, 323
6. Kristian Ghedina, ITA, 312
7. Hans Knauss, AUT, 217
8. Fredrik Nyberg, SWE, 203
9. Fritz Strobl, AUT, 190
10. Michael Von Grunigen, SUI, 190

40. Chad Fleischer, USA, 51
42. Daron Rahlves, USA, 48
49. Bode Miller, USA, 42
72. Thomas Vonn, USA, 21
80. Sacha Gros, USA, 15
81. Chris Puckett, USA, 15
91. Dane Spencer, USA, 12
93. Erik Schlopy, USA, 10
101. Paul-Casey Puckett, USA, 6

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