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Miller caps season with giant slalom victory

3/28/2006

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.

"[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.