Sunday, February 9, 2014

Bode Miller finishes a disappointing eighth in men's downhill

American skiing star Bode Miller hoped to win Sochi gold and make history in the men's downhill final on Sunday morning but ended up finishing a disappointing eighth place.

Austria's Matthias Mayer set the time to beat of 2:06.23 early in the competition and had the remaining competitors chasing his time all day— including Miller. After all of the races on the fast downhill course were through, Mayer's time held up to win the gold. Italy's Christof Innerhofer took home the silver and Norway's Kjetil Jansrud won bronze.

Miller's time of 206.75 was .52 behind Mayer.

Miller — a five-time Olympic medalist and longtime World Cup star —  had impressed everyone with near-perfect runs in winning two of the three training sessions. The 36-year-old  had hoped to become the oldest skier to ever win the event.

Miller will have a few other chances to add to his medal collection in this, his fifth Winter Olympics. He will still compete in the Super Combined (where he will defend his gold from Vancouver), the Super-G and Giant Slalom.

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