This was an Olympic Games to remember for American Bode Miller. Having won two medals already, Miller added to his collection by winning gold for the first time in his career.
Miller’s gold is a record eighth overall medal for the U.S. alpine team – a major accomplisment in Olympic Skiing.
With the help of a Did Not Finish from rival Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, Miller finished the slalomn portion of the men’s super combined with a fantastic time of 2:44.92.
When asked about his win, Miller told CBC, “It’s great! Today was one those races I’ll happily look back on. It was tough and I knew I had to ski hard, and I came out of the gate with my all.”
Svindal went off course missing a gate and was disqualified from the event. Having been in first place after the downhill portion of the event heading into the slalomn, Svindal only needed to complete the run with a good time to solidify his spot on the podium, but could not capitalize.
Taking home the silver medal was Croatia’s Ivica Kostelic with a finish time of 2:45.25. It was one of Kostelic’s finer runs in these Olympics.
Slivan Zurbriggen from Switzerland won bronze and finished with a time of 2:45.32.
Montreal, Que., native Ryan Semple was the top Canuck in the giant slalom placing 15th with a time of 2:52.13.
Teammates Michael Janyk placed 26th while Louis–Pierre Helie of Berthierville, Que., had a finish time of 2:51.58 which put him in 30th position.
First year Olympian Tyler Nella of Toronto, Ont., came in 32nd place with a time of 2:52.65.