American adds to Cup overall standings lead
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. -- Bode Miller's three-race winning streak ended Thursday, but the American still added to his commanding lead in the World Cup overall standings by finishing second to Austria's Stephan Goergl in a Super G.
Miller is trying to become the first U.S. man since Phil Mahre in 1983 to win the overall title. He had won the first three races this season and now has 380 points to lead the standings by more than 200 points. Austria's Hermann Maier is second with 168.
"My streak wasn't going to last forever. I'm totally psyched with second," Miller said. "I skied well. I just made a few mistakes."
Miller said the winning streak was not as important as triumphing in speed races last weekend in Lake Louise, Alberta. Known in the past as a slalom specialist, Miller is trying to focus on improvement this year in speed races in his bid to win the overall title.
"The significant thing was winning Super G and downhill over the weekend," he said.
Goergl, starting 11th, tore down the course in 1 minute, 13.40 seconds. Miller was second at 1:13.64, and Austrian Mario Scheiber was third at 1:13.72. Maier was eighth, losing time when he clipped a gate and lost his left ski pole.
Goergl had never finished higher than seventh in a World Cup race.
"People were expecting an Austrian to be first -- someone, but not me. Definitely not me," he said. "I know I'm a good skier and today I showed it."
The World Cup weekend in Beaver Creek continues Friday with a downhill. There is a giant slalom set for Saturday and a slalom on Sunday before the tour returns to Europe for the rest of the season.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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