For those of us who could not get to Bormio this is what it looks like when an American skier blasts the downhill. New Hampshire's own Bode Miller smoked 'em again, and this time at the World Championships.
Bode conquered the famed Stelvio piste, which included a drop of 987 meters over a nearly three kilometer ride, in 1:56.22. Another American, Daron Rahlves, finished second, 0.44 back.
Defending world champion Michael Walchhoffer finished third, but he was nearly 0.9 seconds behind the Miller man. The Hermannator - Austrian Hermann Maier - had a nasty spill in training Friday, and had to be stretchered off the course. But he was able to man up and race, stitches and tape and all - a la Curt Schilling in the World Series - and he finished 17th, almost two seconds behind Bode. And there's still more Miller time to come - Bode could take three more medals in the giant slalom, the slalom and the team event!