Monday, February 15, 2010

Miller Gets a Bronze Medal

Didier Defago broke a two-decade Swiss drought with gold in the Olympic downhill Monday and American Bode Miller broke his personal streak of major championship failures by taking the bronze. Defago was aware he had laid down a special run and nearly fell over backward into the padding lining the finish area as he celebrated with both arms in the air.

"He just nailed it right there. He didn't have an easy year because of the other guys who were taking the glory all the time," said Marco Buechel, the Liechtenstein skier who trains with the Swiss team. "Everybody on our team is really happy for him."

Defending overall World Cup champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway took silver, a slim 0.07 seconds behind, and Miller was only 0.09 behind Defago.

"It was a huge relief to execute and ski well," Miller said. "Obviously it would've been great to be a little faster. I was psyched. I skied hard."

Miller's medal is the first for the U.S. in the men's downhill at the Olympics since Tommy Moe took a surprise gold at the 1994 Lillehammer Games. Courtesy: Huffington Post

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