Bode Miller wins super-combi title |

Bode Miller wins super-combi title


** RETRANSMISSION TO PROVIDE ALTERNATIVE CROP **Bode Miller, of the United States, speeds down the course during the downhill portion of a men's World Cup Super-Combined race, in Val d'Isere, France, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)

VAL D’ISERE, France – Bode Miller clinched his third super-combi World Cup title with a win Sunday after his closest competitor failed to finish the second leg.Jean-Baptiste Grange’s misstep gave Miller the win in the discipline standings before the American finished with a combined time of 2 minutes, 18.45 seconds.”When I’m at 100 percent in the downhill, it gives me more maneuvering room over my opponents,” Miller said. “I can then adjust in the slalom.”Miller won his fifth World Cup event of the season and increased his lead in the overall World Cup standings. Miller also won the super-combi title in 2003 and 2004.Grange was second in the super-combi standings before the race, the only skier who could prevent Miller from winning the discipline’s crystal globe.The Frenchman trailed Miller by 2.77 seconds after the downhill run and pushed himself hard in the second leg. But Grange made two mistakes in the upper section during the slalom.

“I was not in a good rhythm,” Grange said. “To skid off the course can happen. But it’s due more to fatigue than pressure. I haven’t had a day off since January 1.”Ivica Kostelic of Croatia, trailing by 2.26 seconds in the first leg, had the fastest time in the slalom and finished second, 0.38 behind Miller. Natko Zrncic-Dim of Croatia was third.Miller won the super-combi title with 410 points, ahead of Kostelic with 256. Daniel Albrecht of Switzerland was third with 245 after finishing seventh, and Grange was fourth with 220.This season, Miller won the Bormio and Wengen downhills, the Kitzbuehel combined, and the Chamonix super-combined.Miller leads the overall World Cup standings with 1,067 points after 28 races. Benjamin Raich of Austria follows with 945, ahead of downhill leader Didier Cuche of Switzerland with 882.”There are still four or five guys who can win the overall title,” said Miller, who last won the overall in 2005.

Lindsey Vonn finish fourth in super-GST. MORITZ, Switzerland – Emily Brydon of Canada won a super-G Sunday for her first World Cup victory, while Lindsey Vonn of the United States just missed a top-three finish.Brydon went down the Corviglia course in 1 minute, 17.39 seconds to edge Elisabeth Goergl of Austria by 0.25 seconds. Goergl’s teammate Renate Goetschl was third, 0.29 behind Brydon.Vonn, who missed the podium by 0.01, is second in the overall World Cup standings.”This is like the fifth time that I’m one hundredth off the podium and it’s just a little bit disappointing,” the American said. “The fourth place is a really hard place to be.”Julia Mancuso of the United States finished a disappointing 38th, dropping to eighth in the discipline standings. Teammate Libby Ludlow was 27th, posting the second-best American result.”I was really slow,” Ludlow said. “I don’t know what it was.”

The 27-year-old Brydon was second in the super-G on the same course in December and had four third-place finishes in the last seven years.”It’s like a dream I’ve had for years,” Brydon said. “I just let the skies go and I tried to create as much speed as possible.”Goergl got her sixth podium finish of the World Cup season, just ahead of Goetschl.Super-G leader Maria Riesch of Germany was seventh, 0.54 off the pace. Riesch said she lost too much time in the second half of the course.Riesch retained the lead in the super-G standings with 274 points, followed by Brydon with 254 and Goergl with 241.Nicole Hosp of Austria still leads the overall standings with 957 points. Vonn follows with 868, ahead of Riesch with 781.