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Miller out of giant slalom

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  February 23, 2010 01:49 PM

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There will be no medal in the giant slalom for Bode Miller.

The Franconia, N.H., native, who has had a remarkable fortnight on Whistler Mountain, winning three medals and tempering the memory of his 0-for-Turin four years ago, skied off course this morning and did not finish.

Carlo Janka of Switzerland won the gold.

Miller, who started 31st in a field of 103 racers, appeared to struggle to find his groove through the early portions of the first race and nearly crashed near the top. But it was in the lower half of the course where he faltered.

Coming wide out of a gate, he almost became parallel with the ground. At the following righthand gate, still off balance and struggling to correct his line, he slipped off the course after being unable to make the turn and was disqualified.

Miller's daring, carefree, and occasionally reckless style has resulted in considerably more success in the downhill than in the slalom in recent years; in fact, he has often struggled to complete the slalom, which made his victory in the super combined Sunday in which he came from behind with a magnificent slalom run after finishing seventh in the downhill portion, all the more remarkable.

His lone result in the race on the World Cup tour this season came last month, when he finished in 14th-place at Adelboden, Switzerland.

Miller, who won gold in the super combined, silver in the super G, and bronze in the downhill, will have one more chance here to win a record fourth Alpine medal in one Olympic games. The slalom is Saturday.

For the first time in seven Alpine events here, the US did not medal; it has won eight Alpine medals so far. Ted Ligety, who is ranked first in the World Cup giant slalom standings, finished ninth.

The giant slalom is the combined scores of two slalom runs on different courses.

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