Miller refuses boot test, is fined by FIS
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia – American Bode Miller was fined $762 for refusing to take a boot test Thursday at a World Cup slalom race.Miller was randomly selected to take the test – which checks whether the height of the base of the boot is permissible – after he failed to qualify for the second run of the slalom. His third straight poor race cost him the lead in the overall standings.Miller sent a U.S. team official to tell FIS official Mike Kertesz that he would not allow his boots to be tested. He was subsequently fined.The reigning overall champion called the test illogical, saying he had already taken off the boots by the time he was told to undergo the test, and could have adjusted the height by then if he wanted.”It’s really typical,” said Miller, calling the FIS’s equipment rules illogical. “With drug testing it’s the same way.”Miller has clashed with FIS in the past, complaining that international anti-doping rules make no sense and should be liberalized.Some teammates backed Miller on thinking the boot test was illogical.”I think it’s kind of stupid to make him do it if he isn’t going to be in the next run,” said teammate Ted Ligety, who finished third in the slalom race.Thursday’s race was won by Italy’s Giorgio Rocca. Miller ran through a gate and barely finished the first run.
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