SESTRIERE, Italy – The lights were on. The Olympic course was glistening. And Bode Miller put his name in the record books once more.
The World Cup leader from the United States won a night slalom on Monday to join Marc Girardelli as the only male skiers to win races in all four alpine disciplines in one winter.
Earlier this season, Miller won super-G and downhill races for the first time, joining a few other ski greats – Pirmin Zurbriggen, Gunther Mader, Kjetil-Andre Aamodt and Girardelli – as the only men to win all four disciplines in their career.
The refreshingly honest Miller was not rejoicing at his latest accomplishment, however.
‘I don’t feel any different than before,’ he said. ‘These are the kinds of things you tell your kids about.
‘At this point I just really enjoy what I’m doing. I think being compared to some of the guys they’re comparing me to is a unique opportunity. If you’re happy with what you’re doing, records don’t mean as much. I think it’s just fun to ski four events.’
Miller covered the course for the 2006 Turin Games in a combined 1 minute, 39.03 seconds for his sixth win in 10 races this season, increasing his lead on Austrian rival Hermann Maier in the overall standings to 391 points.
Miller’s ultimate goal is to become the first American to win the overall title since Phil Mahre in 1983.
Silvan Zurbriggen of Switzerland was second, a distant 1.27 seconds behind, for the first World Cup podium finish of his career. Kalle Palander of Finland was third, 1.41 seconds back.
Girardelli became the first man to win slalom, giant slalom, super-G and downhill races in the same season in 1988-1989, over a two-month span.