Bode Miller scratches from Soelden with back injury

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Bode Miller was scratched from Sunday’s World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, due to a back injury Saturday.

Miller, 37 and a six-time Olympic medalist, dealt with preseason back problems before traveling to Soelden for a giant slalom, which is not his best discipline.

“The back treatment is going well, and he has made the decision to let the treatment take its place,” U.S. coach Sasha Rearick said. “He needs one more week so he can be full gas [for training].”

The next World Cup race is a slalom in Levi, Finland, on Nov. 16. That’s Miller’s weakest discipline. He’s better suited for the speed events debut in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Thanksgiving weekend.

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