Rivals in awe after epic Bode run
Bode Miller of the U.S. goes airborne in a training session for the men's alpine skiing downhill race during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)
It was the second time in three days that super-combined Olympic champion Miller, a Franconia, N.H. native, has blown away the best and led the timesheets. Norwegian rival Kjetil Jansrud described the veteran's latest run as "epic.''
American teammate Marco Sullivan agreed: "That was pretty incredible skiing," he said. "If he can pull that off tomorrow, it's his race to lose in my opinion.
"Unbeatable'' was another word on other skiers' lips, although not Svindal's, and Miller made no bones about his aspirations in what are his fifth Games.
"Some courses, if you get fired up or you have too much intensity, you go slower. This one I don't think is the case. I am going to be ready. I want to win," said Miller.
"Skiing is never like that. There are just too many things that can happen," he smiled. "But is he the favorite? I think so. He has been the best skier on this mountain.
He listed among those other contenders young Austrian Matthias Mayer, who was fastest on Friday after Miller made a mistake, and Swiss skiers Patrick Kueng and Carlo Janka.
Slovenian Rok Perko, the first to go, left a bloodstained mark on the snow after a fall that led to a lengthy interruption.
The American lost control after landing off the Bear's Brow jump and was heading towards a flimsy-looking red plastic safety fence at high speed before veering to safety.