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Miller Takes Third at Kitzbuehel Slalom

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posted: 01/01/2000

Kitzbuehel, Austria Jan. 20, 2002 (AP by Erica Bullman)--Bode Miller of the United States finished third in a World Cup slalom Sunday despite breaking one of his poles during the first run.

About 6 inches snapped off the bottom of Miller's pole near the end of the race, and he somehow managed to stay on his feet and on the course. Still, he was only seventh after that run.

A strong second run left him third overall, behind two Austrians: Rainer Schoenfelder and Kilian Albrecht.

Schoenfelder, whose brilliant second run lifted him from fifth place to first, claimed his second career World Cup victory with a combined time of 1 minute, 36.88 seconds.

Albrecht, eighth after the opening leg, climbed to second place with a total time of 1:37.07. Miller finished in 1:37.09.

Miller is known for his ability to make up time. Last weekend, in a slalom in Wengen, he climbed from 19th place to sixth.

Slovenia's Mitja Kunc, who was leading after the opening leg, dropped to 10th after an error-strewn second run. Kunc, who finished third in Adelboden two weeks ago and runner-up in Wengen last week, was seeking his second career World Cup win.

World Cup slalom leader Ivica Kostelic of Croatia, the winner of two slalom races this season, was sixth in 1:37.69.

Reigning slalom world champion Mario Matt, who won here two years ago, partially dislocated his right shoulder pushing out of the starting hut in the opening leg. The Austrian completed his run and finished ninth despite the pain but did not race the second leg. His Olympic hopes could be in jeopardy if surgery is required.

American Erik Schlopy failed to complete the opening run after missing a gate about two-thirds down.

Copyright © 2000 The Associated Press

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