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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.

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 23, 2010; 2:04 PM ET
 
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Comments

is there a reason the washingtonpost.com front page says Bode failed to qualify in Slalom? Slalom isn't until Friday, Giant Slalom is very different from Slalom.... And... more people writing about skiing who don't know what they are talking about....

Posted by: MostOffensive | February 23, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Unless I'm mistaken, he is still entered in the Slalom - and therefore has a chance for an additional medal. I also agree with the above statement.

Posted by: jesstyr | February 23, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

bode lost again.

LOL!

and it was bob costas, the nbc commentator that said, "bode had problems with his skis"

ROFLMAO

and people wonder why i hate bode?????

it was 4 years ago.. that he lost yet again.. and 4 years ago, bode picked himself up off the mountain and skiied away into the trees away from the reports like a little friggin girl.

bode is a baby.

hey bode???

are you blaming your skis this year????

well guess what....

i heard your skis blamed you;

bode's skis; "yea, well we were really prepared.. but then that butt head bode got on us and clamped on.. and at that moment, we were all hoping maybe bode would decide he was too frightened to go down the hill, and we would get some way cool austrian skier.. but unfortunately we were stuck with the loser bode.... and then of course when he lost control on the mountain (cause he is a loser), he starts blaming us, the skis, this evening...

we, the skis, protest.

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | February 24, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

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