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Start list included 154 skiers from 56 nations

Updated: February 10, 2005, 3:46 PM ET
Reuters

BORMIO, Italy -- A former Brazilian street child, an aristocratic Mexican pop star and a 44-year-old African ski association president all got the better of Bode Miller on Thursday.

Attempting to defend his giant slalom title at the Alpine skiing world championships, Miller crashed out after snagging his ski on a rock during a challenging first run.

But as America's top gun tumbled, the finest skiers from Cyprus, Iceland and Senegal soared -- or at least made it down the hill in one ...

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