Bode Miller leads downhill training in Lake Louise |

Bode Miller leads downhill training in Lake Louise

The Associated Press
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United States' Bode Miller races down the course on his way to the fastest time in the first training run for the Lake Louise World Cup Alpine ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)
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LAKE LOUISE, Alberta ” Defending overall champion Bode Miller was fastest Wednesday during the opening day of training for the season’s first World Cup downhill.

Miller, who won a downhill in Lake Louise in 2005, finished in 1 minute, 47.22 seconds on the men’s Olympic downhill course. The New Hampshire skier was followed by two Austrians ” Klaus Kroell in 1:47.30 and Michael Walchhofer, who won this downhill in 2004, in 1:47.40.

The downhill is Saturday and the opening super-giant slalom is Sunday.

Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal, the 2007 overall champion, completed his first downhill training run since a season-ending fall last November in Beaver Creek, Colo.

Svindal, who won last year’s super G in Lake Louise, finished 10th. He said he feels fine but is still working on the mental aspect of racing.

“As a racer you have to have a short memory,” he said. “When you are up there, and the clock is ticking, you’re not going to think I’m going to take it easy because I crashed. You want to be fast.”

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