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Bode Miller pulls out of famed downhill race

Bode Miller pulls out of famed downhill race
Bode Miller after finishing the men's Super-G portion of the super combined event Friday at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup in Kitzbuehel, Austria. (Herbert Neubaurer / EPA)

With the world championships less than two weeks away, Bode Miller has decided to skip the famed Hahnenkamm downhill on Saturday and take a little more time to recover from back surgery.

That means Miller will arrive at Vail/Beaver Creek in early February without having competed in any World Cup events this season.

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"I'm not quite 8-1/2 weeks out of surgery," he said after taking a training run at Kitzbuehel, Austria. "It's not enough time to run this with confidence."

Following the repair of a herniated disk, Miller has tested himself on courses several times in recent weeks, skiing well but remaining cautious.

"Another week and I should be good," he said.

The start of competition at Kitzbuehel on Friday saw U.S. skiers Andrew Weibrecht and Steven Nyman finish fifth and 13th, respectively, in the super-G.

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