Miller ties mark with 27th win

Skiing

January 14, 2008

WENGEN, Switzerland -- Bode Miller won a downhill race yesterday on the Lauberhorn to match the American record of 27 World Cup wins.

Miller, who won the same event last year, finished in 2 minutes, 30.40 seconds.

"It was extremely fun. It didn't feel that good in terms of the quality of the skiing, but I was very aggressive," Miller said. "I kept really pushing forward the whole time. There was no braking."

Didier Cuche of Switzerland was second, 0.65 of a second back, and Manuel Osborne-Paradis of Canada was third, 1.33 seconds behind Miller.

Miller, who broke away from the U.S. Ski Team to compete on his own this season, shares the record with Phil Mahre.

The historic downhill course on the Lauberhorn varies widely, featuring the fastest and slowest stretches on the men's tour. The straight Hanegg section pushes racers to speeds up to 94 mph, and a passage over a bridge in a curve forces them to slow to 44 mph. At 2.8 miles, the Lauberhorn is also the longest course.

Miller trailed Osborne-Paradis at the first split and failed to match Cuche's speed under the water station tunnel where skiers duck under the Jungfrau region's famed cog railway midway down the course.

But the American, 30, pulled away on the long, gliding sections in the second half of the run. After clearing the famous jump into the finish, he looked at his time and pumped his fist.

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