Bode Miller, 36, showed flashes of former brilliance in Sochi and finally put it all together in the super-G. He put together a vintage performance to tie Canada’s Jan Hudec for bronze on Sunday, making some history in the process.
Even so, he wasn’t the highest finishing U.S. skier, as Andrew Weibrecht shocked for a silver medal.
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This represents Miller’s sixth career Olympic medal, the most of any U.S. Alpine skier. Only Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt has won more medals in Alpine skiing overall. The significance was not lost on him, as he wept on the course following his strong run:
It wasn’t shocking that Norway took gold, but some may be surprised that Kjetil Jansrud was the man who took it, although he’s had a fantastic run in the 2014 Olympics. He’ll add this gold to a bronze from men’s downhill.
Again, to say that Weibrecht’s run was unexpected is putting things lightly. Then again, NBC’s Nick Zaccardi indicates that he’s developing a reputation for big outputs in big moments:
Mikaela Shiffrin will look for another win on the final day of the Aspen World Cup. After yesterday’s historic slalom victory, Shiffrin will race slalom again at 3:00 P.M. ET, airing live on NBC and streaming on NBC Sports Live Extra.
Slovakia’s Veronika Velez Zuzulova and Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter, who took second and third behind Shiffrin yesterday, will also be racing again.
The World Cup organizers typically do not schedule slalom races on consecutive days, but a canceled event earlier in the season caused the extra slalom to be added to the Aspen event.
U.S. ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani notched a victory and two personal bests on their way to the top of the NHK Trophy podium in Nagano, Japan. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, also of the U.S., earned the bronze. With podium finishes, both duos are into the Grand Prix Final held in two weeks in Barcelona.
U.S. couple Madison Chock and Evan Bates already qualified for the final by winning medals at Skate America and Cup of China earlier this season, making for an unprecedented three team force in the ice dance discipline of the Grand Prix Final.
The “ShibSibs” now own the highest total score of any ice dance team in the Grand Prix circuit this season, 174.43. They were the only team to crack into the 174-barrier. Their free dance, the second component of their overall score, was also a personal best. The NHK Trophy win was the siblings’ second career Grand Prix title across six seasons on the circuit. Their previous gold medal came from the 2011 NHK Trophy.
The U.S. traditionally has strong ice dance representation at the Grand Prix Final. Last year, in their first appearance, Chock and Bates earned silver medals. The Shibutanis have competed twice in the final and finished fourth in the 2014 event. Hubbell and Donohue will make their Grand Prix Final debut this year.
U.S. Olympic champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White own five consecutive Grand Prix Final ice dance gold medals from the 2009-10 season through 2013-14. They have not competed for the past two seasons.
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