Inside the FIS World Alpine Ski Championships
Austria is as good as gold in the Super G at the World Championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
Wednesday’s weather caused the Men’s Super G to be rescheduled, but mother nature awoke in all her alpine splendor today as Hannes Reichelt tamed the Birds of Prey course and registered the second victory for Austria in as many races at the World Championships.
The European skiing powerhouse was well represented in the stands and their racers always seem to factor into the podium race no matter the venue. But there’s just something special about Beaver Creek and Birds of Prey for the Austrians.
Anna Fenninger won on Tuesday, Reichelt won today as well as earlier in the World Cup season, and several other Austrians have embraced the Colorado courses as their own over the years. Of course no Austrian has experienced more success at Beaver Creek than legendary ski racer Hermann Maier, who won six Birds of Prey races between 1999 and 2003.
Reichelt became a world champion Thursday, but the majority of the talk afterward centered around Bode Miller’s brutal crash.
Miller got off to a strong start in his season debut but when his left arm got hooked on a gate he was spun around and began somersaulting down the mountain. Miller’s skis ejected, first his right, followed by his left then the five-time world champion medalist’s (4 Gold, 1 Silver) right calf was sliced wide open. Being the warrior that Miller is, he gathered his gear and gingerly made his way down to the Red Tail Finish area. He appeared to be clutching his right calf and grimacing in pain.
Fans gave Miller an extended standing rotation which may have served to say “Thank You” for all of the fabulous moments he has given race fans worldwide.
Bode Miller’s racing career may have ended Thursday on his favorite course. If his brilliant run is over, Miller goes out the way he always competed–holding nothing back. Leading up to Miller dropping into Birds of Prey, NBCSports Network ran a feature on the bad boy of skiing where he admitted he doesn’t train properly anymore to regularly compete in World Cup races. Miller went on to say
“Bode was skiing outstanding,” U.S. men’s coach Sasha Rearick said. “He was going for it, absolutely sending it from top to bottom. He took risks and was putting down a run that inspired America, inspires the world.
“He took a nasty crash. A really nasty crash.”
Bode Miller will be remembered for generations as arguably this country’s greatest skier and certainly the most polarizing.
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