Miller finishes on podium for fifth straight time

Updated: December 4, 2004, 7:06 PM ET
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BEAVER CREEK, Colo. -- American Bode Miller won a men's World Cup Alpine skiing downhill Friday, a phenomenal fourth win in five races.

Miller, who took the first World Cup downhill victory of his career in Canada last weekend, plunged down Beaver Creek's Birds of Prey piste to beat compatriot Daron Rahlves by 0.16 of a second, the first 1-2 finish for U.S. men in a World Cup downhill.

"It's about time," Rahlves said. "It's what we wanted -- both of us on the podium."

The mighty Austrians, eclipsed on a great day for a U.S. team skiing on home snow, had to make do with Michael Walchhofer's third place, 0.39 slower than Miller.

Defending World Cup overall champion Hermann Maier of Austria reinjured his right knee during the race.

Austrian alpine team director Hans Pum said Maier was being examined by team doctors to determine the extent of the injury.

Maier, 31, missed the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City following a motorcycle crash in which he broke his right leg. He returned for the 2003 season and captured his fourth World Cup overall title.

Miller is set for a record-breaking year and Friday's victory put him back on top of the podium after a second place in Thursday's super-G in the Colorado Rockies.

Miller, 27, had already become the first man to win the opening three races of a World Cup season in different disciplines.

"I was flying," Miller said. "I was rolling."

The overall World Cup leader, a double world champion who also has two Olympic silver medals, has 480 points out of a maximum 500 and could win the title before the end of January if he maintains such devastating form.

Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.

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