Bode Miller speaks about new Olympic course
How many guys missed the gate near the top of the course is uncertain. If the gate keeper kept track, he isn't talking. But we do know just 36 started and finished the full length of the new Olympic downhill on the second training run before it was “canceled” because of fog Thursday (Feb 9). The rest were allowed to ski the course from a lowered start.
Didier Cuche told Swiss reporters he was concerned about sections of course that were breaking up and with limited visibility and so elected not to press during his run.
Hannes Reichelt was listed as the fastest man for the second straight day with Christof Innerhofer in second and Johan Clarey third and Bode Miller fourth. But how much those finishes actually meant was a matter for considerable debate.
A press conference was held for Miller to clarify comments said after the first training run that the Olympic was too turny for a downhill.
“We've, all the racers, have been saying the same thing. It's a beautiful area and a great privilege to be here. The venue is world class. I hope they do as good a job as they can.
“The hill is one of the best hills I've ever seen for a natural downhill. You almost don't have to put any gates in the whole course. ... Maybe six or seven places on the whole course, where you need one gate or two gates to control just the direction the athletes come through. Put the B-nets up on the side, the A-nets in areas needed and it could be a phenomenal, phenomenal downhill.
“The way it's set right now, is not what we want to show for an Olympic downhill at all. I don't know if you guys have seen video of yesterday. The hill itself comes off pretty well, shows the steeps pitches. the jumps are big. But as turny as it is now it's a super G, really.
“They should run that exact course, the way the gates are right now. . It would be one of the best super G's we've ever had. That would be an amazing step for ski racing to challenge the athletes for a change.”
|Rank||Bib||FIS Code||Name||Year||Nation||Total Time|
|10||11||421328||SVINDAL Aksel Lund||1982||NOR||2:16.90|