Bode Miller fails to qualify for giant slalom medal
If Bode Miller is going to become the first man to win four Alpine skiing medals in a single Olympics, it won't be today.
Miller lost time at the top of the first run in the giant slalom competition Tuesday morning, then hit a gate hard and eventually skied off course. Therefore, he does not qualify for the second run Tuesday afternoon -- the winner is the skier with the fastest cumulative time -- and has no shot at another medal.
Miller, 32, won gold in the super combined, silver in the Super-G and bronze in the downhill earlier in these Games. He and fellow medal-winning skiers Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso and Andrew Weibrecht will be on the cover of Sports Illustrated when it hits the stands Wednesday.
Miller left the mountain without speaking to reporters Tuesday.
Switzerland's Carlo Janka is the leader after one run with a time of 1 minute 17.27 seconds, just .02 of a second faster than Austria's Romed Baumann -- a surprise contender. Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, who already has a gold and a silver in these Olympics, is third, .16 back.
American Ted Ligety, who leads the World Cup giant slalom standings, sits in eighth, .60 of a second back of Janka. Ligety, who won gold in the combined in 2006, said he made a "couple bobbles," but he believes he can recover enough time in the second run to medal.
"At the same time, it's well within my range," Ligety said. "I've had a lot bigger deficits before, so I feel like I still have a good chance, and being in eighth place is going to be good for having a little better course conditions."
Austria's Marcel Hirscher and Benjamin Raich, two strong contenders in this race, sit in fifth and sixth, respectively. The tough Olympics for Switzerland's Didier Cuche continued; Cuche sits in 20th, 1.48 seconds back of Janka.
Americans Tommy Ford, in 24th, and Jake Zamansky, in 29th, both qualified for the second run. The top 30 will be inverted for the final run, with Janka skiing last.
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