Bode Miller was sixth fastest on today’s second training run for the Olympic men’s downhill, a day after posting the fastest time in the opening practice.
Matthias Mayer of Austria led today’s session with a time of 2 minutes, 06.51 seconds on the 3.5-kilometer (2.17-mile) course. Carlo Janka of Switzerland was second fastest, 27 hundredths of a second behind Mayer. Miller finished the course in 2:07.15.
There is one more training session tomorrow, with the race scheduled for the following day. Miller said he may take it easier tomorrow to make sure his repaired left knee is ready for the race.
“It’s a little sore. It’s a really rowdy course and bumpy,” said Miller, 36, who will be competing in his fifth Winter Olympics. “So I’m going to go rest it.”
Miller has a U.S.-record five Alpine skiing medals. Another medal in Sochi would make Miller the oldest man to stand on the Olympic podium in an Alpine event. Kjetil Andre Aamodt of Norway now holds that mark, having won the super-giant slalom at the 2006 Games at the age of 34.
The American rejected criticisms that the Olympic course is too dangerous.
“The Olympics are meant to be the pinnacle of the sport,” he said after today’s training run. “If the downhill course doesn’t get into your head it is not good enough.”