Miller ties for third in training for downhill

Updated: January 12, 2006, 10:00 AM ET
Associated Press

WENGEN, Switzerland -- Bode Miller tied for third Thursday during training for a World Cup downhill, with Canada's Erik Guay finishing first and Italy's Peter Fill second.

The final training session determines the starting order for Saturday's race, with the top 30 finishers starting in reverse order. Starting 30th on the most physically demanding World Cup course most likely will be a disadvantage for Guay.

"It could get a little rougher after 15-30, also the sun starts to pound down a little bit and makes everything softer, makes the skis not slide as well," said Guay, aiming to become the first Canadian to win a downhill on this course since Ken Read in 1980. "I went at about 80 percent. I wanted to get that race feeling but I didn't think I'd be that fast. I definitely wasn't expecting to be first."

Guay covered the quirky 2.8-mile Lauberhorn course in 2 minutes, 32.38 seconds. Unlike other skiers he did not brake before the finish to slow his time.

Fill was second in 2:32.86. Miller, the reigning overall World Cup champion, shared third with Austria's Klaus Kroell in 2:32.95. The American looked fast and braked heavily before the finish. Double Olympic champion Hermann Maier had the fifth-fastest time: 2:33.11.

On Friday, there is a "super-combi" race, which adds the times from a shortened downhill in the morning to a single slalom leg a few hours later. The Lauberhorn downhill Saturday is followed by a slalom Sunday.

The Lauberhorn weekend is the longest-running Alpine ski event organized at the same resort.

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