Up until yesterday, the US men’s Alpine skiing team wasn’t exactly doing too great at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. They finished both the Downhill and Super Combined events without a medal, which was extremely disappointing. However, the American skiing team did make up for their earlier disappointments by doing quite well in the Super-G.
Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud may have won the super-G with a flawless run, but the US duo of Andrew Weibrecht and Bode Miller grabbed second and third place, respectively. With his bronze medal, Miller (36) became the oldest Alpine skier to win an Olympic medal, and the first US skier to medal at three different Winter Games.
As for Weibrecht (a.k.a. “War Horse”), he was actually .20 seconds ahead of Jansrud after the first three splits. However, a sluggish bottom combined with Jansrud’s amazing final run knocked Weibrecht down to the silver medal position.
Going back to Miller, he was a favorite going into the Downhill event, but only mustered an eighth-place finish. And despite grabbing a silver in the Vancouver Games Super-G, he wasn’t even among the top 10 favorites this year. However, Miller atoned for his Downhill disappointment by collecting a bronze in the Sochi Super-G.
“I made mistakes and the snow is really difficult,” he said after taking third. “It just peels away from you. I tried to build pressure on the first couple turns but it’s really steep there. Coming off the first pitch I thought I was in good shape but the snow is so soft on the flat part of the last part.”
With his latest bronze medal, Bode Miller now has six career Olympic medals, as you can see below:
2002 Salt Lake City Games: silver in Giant Slalom, silver in Super Combined
2010 Vancouver Games: silver in Super-G, bronze in Downhill
2014 Sochi Games: bronze in Downhill