Miller caps season with giant slalom victory

Updated: March 28, 2006, 11:05 PM ET
Associated Press

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine -- Bode Miller closed out his season by winning the giant slalom at the national championships Tuesday.

Miller, who was second behind James Cochran after falling on his hip in his first run, had the fastest second run down the sun-drenched Narrow Gauge course to win with a combined time of 2 minutes, 8.15 seconds.

"We have a team right now that makes it worthwhile to really race against them," said Miller, who began the championship by winning the downhill. "Even without Daron [Rahlves] and Erik [Schlopy] here we have five or six guys who can score right in the top group in World Cup so that makes it exciting.

AP PhotoMiller's second run was the fastest in the field on Tuesday.

"[Cochran] is one of those guys who, if he gets it figured out with his head, is going to be a threat. He could really be a guy who is untouchable … He just can't figure out where to take the risk and where not to."

Miller looked particularly comfortable on the hill where he skied throughout high school while attending nearby Carrabassett Valley Academy.

Cochran was second in 2:09.23. Chip Knight was third in 2:09.75.

Now that the season is over, Miller said he wants to spend time on the 650-acre farm in nearby Sugar Hill, which he bought this winter.

"I have to sort all that [stuff] out," he said. "That's going to be a project this spring. I have to sort of figure what direction I want to take that in. Sorting through the logistics of that.

"Also get my knee dealt with and I'll probably find myself somewhere warm to play golf and hang for a little while. There's a lot of stuff to be thought about this spring, equipment stuff."

Miller has severe pain in his left knee and suspects meniscus damage.

Rahlves, who retired from ski racing on Sunday, did not race the giant slalom. Schlopy skipped the nationals to be with his wife who is expecting their first child.

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