Bode gets another World Cup win |

Bode gets another World Cup win

AP PhotoBode Miller, of the USA, speeds down the course Sunday on his way to winning the men's World Cup super G ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta on Sunday.

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – Bode Miller became the first man to open a World Cup season with three victories in three disciplines, winning a super G 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 fifth skier to win World Cup races in all five disciplines over his career (slalom and combined are the others).

“I didn’t have as high expectations of myself coming into these races as the results I have achieved,” Miller said. “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 another Austrian, Michael Walchhofer, third in 1:28.73.Daron Rahlves finished fifth with a time of 1:28.86, and Frisco local Jake Fiala finished 48th at 1:31.07.

Koznick podiums in AspenASPEN – Kristina Koznick earned her first World Cup podium in two seasons Sunday, finishing third in a slalom behind winner Tanja Poutiainen of Finland. Vail’s Sarah Schleper was 15th.

Poutiainen won for the second time in three races at Aspen Mountain, beating Italy’s Manuela Moelgg by more than a second in a World Cup slalom on Sunday. After winning the giant slalom on Friday and finishing second to Croatia’s Janica Kostelic in the first slalom race Saturday, Poutiainen overcame a couple of loose spots on her final run Sunday to win again.Trailing Kostelic by .44 seconds after the first run, Poutiainen cut it close on a couple of gates early in her second run and barely caught the last few before crossing the finish line in a two-run total of 1:50.77.

Moelgg moved up from eighth on the first run to second, finishing 1.21 seconds behind Poutiainen.Koznick was 1.37 seconds behind Poutiainen in the World Cup’s only U.S. stop for women. She finished sixth in Saturday’s slalom.As for Kostelic, her chances of making it two straight wins ended early in the second run when she went sliding off the course. Kostelic won Saturday after missing nearly two years with a thyroid problem and four knee surgeries.

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