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Miller Is Perfect So Far

From Associated Press

Bode Miller became the first man to open a World Cup season with three victories in three disciplines, winning a super-giant slalom Sunday ahead of Hermann Maier.

Miller’s first career Super G win came one day after his first World Cup downhill victory. He also won the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, and is just the fourth skier to win World Cup races in all five disciplines (slalom and combined are the others).

“It’s awesome,” Miller said. “I didn’t have as high expectations of myself coming into these races as the results I have achieved. It’s always nice to get surprised once in a while by yourself. To move into that group, that’s the most exclusive club there is in World Cup.”

He finished in 1 minute 28.18 seconds. Maier was next in 1:28.32, with Michael Walchhofer third in 1:28.73.

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Canada’s Vincent Lavoie, the second skier on the hill, crashed and broke two bones in his left leg. He was taken to a hospital.

Miller is off to a perfect start, with the maximum 300 points in three races this season. Maier, the defending overall champion, is second in the standings with 136.


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