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Bode Miller Leads USA in Downhill Opener

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
November, 26 2011

LAKE LOUISE, AB (Nov. 26) - Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) led three Americans into the points Saturday in the opening Audi FIS World Cup downhill in Lake Louise. Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) was 24th and Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) 27th. Swiss Didier Cuche began defense of this downhill title with a strong win. Miller, an early racer in bib nine, fell behind early leaders, and then almost inexplicably, started making up time and took the early lead. He eventually got bumped back to finish the same place he started, in ninth. Erik Fisher (Middleton, ID) was just out of the points in 35th. Wiley Maple (Aspen, CO) was 38th, Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) 51st and Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, VT) crashed out in his first World Cup start.


  • Bode Miller led the U.S. Ski Team with ninth in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup opening downhill
  • Marco Sullivan was 24th and Travis Ganong 27th
  • Swiss Didier Cuche, the defending World Cup downhill champion, took the early season win
  • Racing continues Sunday in Lake Louise with a super G


Marco Sullivan
"At the start we going 'come on sun', instead we got wind. It was different for everybody, some got a little head wind, some got a little tail wind. And then, for Reichelt, the sun was out."