Ligety finishes 26th in session

2/11/2010 - Olympic Sports

Bode Miller finished eighth as the U.S. men's ski team took to the hill in Thursday's downhill training session.

Miller finished .74 seconds off leader Michael Walchhofer of Austria as the Olympic teams took another turn on the Dave Murray downhill in preparation for the Vancouver Games.

U.S. teammate Andrew Weibrecht finished .93 back of Walchhofer in 10th on a shortened course.

"Any time you can get on the course, no matter the conditions, it's always an asset," Weibrecht said in a team statement. "I was just trying to be clean and make it down. I had some mistakes, but overall, it was decent."

Fellow American and 2006 combined gold medalist Ted Ligety came in 26th Thursday.

Under difficult weather conditions, Ligety and his American teammates fared well.

"Considering the fog and having to wait up top for so long in the soft, wet snow, I felt like I skied pretty well," Ligety said in a statement.