Bode bags World Cup win |

Bode bags World Cup win

BEAVER CREEK, Utah — For the second time in three years, Park City homeowner Bode Miller won the World Cup downhill — this time in a steady snowfall — at the VISA Birds of Prey races with Park City Ski Team alumnus Steve Nyman in third place for the first podium of his career.

Miller, who had the fastest downhill run Thursday in a super combined race but blew out in the slalom, was timed in 1:46.15 with Swiss veteran Didier Cuche second (1:46.30) and Nyman timed in 1:46.48. In an historic performance, there were four Americans in the top 10 with Scott Macartney eighth and Marco Sullivan 10th.

It’s the 22nd victory of Miller’s World Cup career, his third win in downhill.

"I skied solid. I skied well and I’m happy with what I did," Nyman told reporters as Miller was being hustled elsewhere in the finish area. "I had to nail the turns down the pitch and I know how to ski the flats, and I ripped it. I’m happy."

Two years ago Miller and Daron Rahlves were 1-2 with Parkite Bryon Friedman in sixth place for the best U.S. men’s finish in a downhill; last year, they went 1-2 in DH with Rahlves winning and then Miller won the giant slalom the next day with Rahlves in second place. Friday, Rahlves, who retired last spring, watched from the bottom of the run…and smiled.

At presstime, research was underway but longtime observers couldn’t recall any other time in which four U.S. men were in the top 10 of a DH.

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